Spider veins are small clusters of tiny red and blue veins that are so named for their resemblance to a spider—the “legs” emanate out from the “body” in which the veins are tangled (the medical term is telangiectasia). It is estimated that approximately 40 percent of the population suffer from spider veins or some other vein disease, which can be caused by lifestyle choices, heredity, age, and sex. Generally, spider veins are not painful, but can be extremely unsightly and cause embarrassment. The most common treatment for spider veins is sclerotherapy, but lasers have been used in cases where the veins are too small to be injected.
The top spider vein removal treatment for those in the legs is called sclerotherapy, and involves injecting a chemical irritant into the affected veins with a tiny needle, which causes the vein to swell and clot before scarring and fading away. Sometimes patients will need to undergo multiple spider vein removal treatments and while this will not prevent new spider veins from appearing, there are lifestyle choices you can adapt to help prevent reoccurrence.
When spider veins appear on the face, however, the most commonly performed procedure is a light based device, such as a laser. Radiofrequency devices are also used on facial veins. When the veins appear on the trunk of the body, a combination of sclerotherapy and radiofrequency devices are used for optimal performance. Because of the wide variety of spider vein removal treatment options available, your physician will work with you to determine which procedure will work best in your particular case.
How Painful Are Spider Vein Removal Treatments?
None of the above spider vein removal treatments are considered particularly painful, and recovery time is almost immediate. The procedure is performed in a doctor’s office as an outpatient procedure, and the patient can walk away within minutes of the procedure. The side effects associated with vein stripping surgery do NOT accompany any of the treatments listed here, as all are nonsurgical and minimally invasive. Recovery time can take as little as a few hours, up to a few days, and compression garments may need to be worn for a couple of weeks after your treatment.
Get Laser Treatment for Your Spider Veins With St. Louis Laser Vein Center!
Because of the wide variety of vein diseases, it is important to be examined by a licensed and experienced doctor. Vein disease can be a symptom of a more severe, underlying medical condition, with the exception of spider veins. Schedule your consultation with our great staff at the St. Louis Laser Vein Center today and discover what we can do for you.