Spider veins are a common condition that both men and women experience, but that’s usually of little comfort to those suffering from their unappealing appearance. Fortunately, there are treatments for spider veins available that will make these problem veins a distant memory. These red or blue web-like veins can start to spread and become more visible with age, and while they don’t typically cause any health problems, many people elect to have them removed by a medical professional.
How Do Spider Veins Develop?
Spider veins tend to be hereditary and develop because of increased pressure in the veins. Those that are on their feet all day are more likely to notice spider veins becoming present. You can help to lower your risk by relieving pressure as much as possible on your legs, exercising to keep blood flowing, wearing compression garments, and consistently wearing sunscreen.
Best Treatment for Spider Veins
There are two non-surgical, minimally invasive options for spider vein treatment, which are sclerotherapy and laser treatment. Both have been produced excellent results for patients and are safely administered with little risk of side effects. There is very minimal, if any, discomfort felt during these procedures, and there is no downtime to have to plan for. It may take several treatments to accomplish complete removal of spider veins and get the outcome you desire.
Sclerotherapy: Sclerotherapy works best on small to medium-sized veins. It involves injecting an FDA-approved saline solution or foam with precision directly into the spider veins. The lining of the vein wall will become damaged and seal shut so that it can no longer receive blood to keep it alive. The vein will turn into scar tissue, fade away from the surface of your skin, and absorb back into the bloodstream.
Laser Treatment: Sclerotherapy is more common as a spider veins treatment option, but laser treatments are often the better choice for smaller veins that can be difficult to inject. Bursts of laser energy are sent into the vein to damage and shrink it with intense heat. The use of needles or incisions is unnecessary.
Spider Veins Treatment from St. Louis Laser Liposuction Center
At St. Louis Laser Liposuction Center, we are proud to have the experience and skill of Dr. Wright on staff. He is the area’s top choice for the best treatment of spider veins and a range of other vein disorders. When you come in for your initial consultation, you will have the opportunity to speak with us about your cosmetic goals and learn if you are a candidate for sclerotherapy or laser treatment. We will then recommend the procedure most suitable for your particular condition.