Spider veins fall into the same general category as varicose veins. The difference in the two, however, is that spider veins are much smaller. They occur in the smaller vessels known as capillaries that are located close to the surface of the skin. As a result, they are often visible through the skin, which is why many people seek treatment for them. They get their name because they often resemble the legs of a spider as they branch out in different directions, often with sharp, jagged turns. They can be red, blue or purple. One of the most common places spider veins appear is the face, which is another reason people seek ways to have them removed.
Aside from the appearance issues, spider veins usually do not create any other health risks. This is one reason people prefer non-surgical procedures when having them treated. Why would one want to submit to the risks of an invasive procedure for a problem that in itself poses no threats? This is a question that leads many to look at the advantages of minimally-invasive procedures for spider vein treatments.
Sclerotherapy is the oldest method for treating varicose veins and spider veins that is still in use. It has been used since the 1930s with a high rate of success. It works by injecting a solution into the veins that irritates the walls of the vessels and causes them to collapse. The body then absorbs the tissue over time and causes the veins to disappear from sight. The procedures can be done in the comfort of our office. Afterwards, individuals who have received the procedure will be able to return to normal life right away.
Endovenous laser treatments are minimally-invasive procedures during which laser probes are inserted into the veins to be treated. The heat from the laser causes the vein to collapse.
Lasers may also be used in a way in which it is not necessary to insert anything under the skin. Instead, the laser is passed across the surface of the skin above the veins to be targeted. Technology allows for this type of procedure to be done in a way that the energy is focused on the targeted veins and the surrounding tissue is left virtually undisturbed.
If you have been contemplating the removal of spider veins, you should have a discussion with our team at The Vein Center about what minimally-invasive techniques are available that would work for you. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our office in Mount Pleasant.