Spider Vein Treatment
What are Spider Veins?
Spider veins are smaller thin blood vessels that are visible beneath the skin. They are usually found on the face or legs, and often appear to look like thin tree branches or strands of a spider web. They are visible red, purple, or blue vessels that also twist and turn. Although we usually consider spider veins as a cosmetic issue, for some people they can cause uncomfortable symptoms such as aching, burning, swelling and leg-cramping.
What Causes Spider Veins?
Spider veins is a result of weak or damages valves in your veins. The heart pumps oxygen filled blood out to the body through use of your arteries. Once oxygen deposits are shared with the targeted location, the blood returns to the heart via your veins. As the blood is pushed up from your lower body, it is traveling against gravity. Your veins contain valves to prevent blood from flowing backwards as it travels up your legs. If your valves become weak, blood leaks back and start to collect. Another name for this phenomenon is venous insufficiency, which leads to spider veins as they grow in size.
Risk Factors for Spider Veins
Risks factors for developing spider veins include the following:
- Family history
- Lack of exercise
- Prolonged sitting or standing
- Sun exposure
- Increasing age over 50
- Hormonal changes
How can I treat Spider Veins?
We offer two methods for spider vein treatment at our practice in Houston, Texas to reduce their appearance on the legs and other areas of the body and face. These treatments include the following:
- Laser Spider Vein Therapy
What is Laser Spider Vein Therapy?
Laser spider vein therapy is most effective for treating small to medium sized spider veins and broken capillaries of the face. When treated with the laser, the high-energy light causes spider veins to shrink and coagulate beneath the skin. Within a short time, the veins begin to fade and are removed by the body. Contact us today for more information about laser spider vein therapy.
What is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a generally more effective treatment for the removal of larger spider veins than laser therapy. During sclerotherapy treatment of spider veins, a solution is injected through a small needle into the site of the spider vein. When the special solution hits the walls of the vein it collapses and fades from view over a short period of time. Contact us today for more information about sclerotherapy treatment for your unwanted spider veins.
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Sclerotherapy Side effects
Possible side effects include but are not limited to:
- Raised, red areas at the injection site.
- Larger veins may become lumpy and hard
- Brown lines or spots
- Neovascularization, the development of new, tiny blood vessels
- Swollen leg
- Formation of small ulcers at the injection site
Who is a good candidate for Spider Vein Treatment?
An initial consultation with a dermatologist or vascular medicine specialist will decide if you’re a good candidate for the procedure. If you are pregnant, you wont be eligible for treatment. Your eligibility will be decided on an individual basis, and will depend on the overall health of the area needing treatment.
Schedule a consultation
If you are interested in Spider Vein Treatment, and would like to see if you are a good candidate, call (713) 271-9000 to schedule a consultation. Dr. Altamira has plastic surgery offices located in Houston and Sugar Land, Texas.