What are Spider Veins?
Spider veins are small blood vessels that can be seen through the skin. They usually appear red, blue and purple in colour. Most times, they are found on the thigh, lower legs and sometimes on the face. Spider veins take a twist and turn form.
These dilated blood vessels have a branching pattern. With time and age, spider veins tend to increase in visibility and number as they are known to be progressive in nature. Support stockings, sclerotherapy, and laser vein treatments are some of the available options to erase them (the web-like networks of blood vessels) from the skin.
Spider vein treatment can be considered if veins with branching or web-like patterns are visible on the legs or thighs, if there are visible pattern of branching veins on the face and if there are signs of spider veins on some parts of the body that could be as a result of ageing.
Although standing for a long period of time may cause spider vein to ache, burn or pain nevertheless, it is important to note that they are not usually harmful. Here are some available treatment options for removing spider vein.
As one of the most conservative approaches to spider vein treatment, support stockings are worn to reduce pain and other uncomfortable symptoms that may arise. These are properly-fitting support hoses that come in various styles.
The procedure involves injecting the veins with a solution that causes the blood to reroute through other healthier blood vessels. This procedure helps to fade out treated spider veins in a few weeks. Although it may be required to inject the same vein more than once, this is usually an effective treatment if carried out correctly.
Anaesthesia is not required to do sclerotherapy as it can virtually be done anywhere without having to go to the theatre. This procedure has proven to be effective for blood vessels that are of medium sizes. A micro-needle is used to inject a sclerosing solution into the vein. This makes the vein turn white, shrink and disappear gradually. If you are interested in the Sclerotherapy treatment you can read up more about the treatment here.
Laser Vein Treatment
As the best available treatment option, laser vein treatment can be used to treat both small and medium-sized blood vessels. Also known as intense pulsed light treatments, this procedure involves the use of heat energy to selectively destroy or damage abnormal veins.
Surface laser vein treatment is the most preferred treatment option because it does not require the use of needles and as an added advantage no sclerosing solutions are required in any way. In order to protect the retinas and cornea from the laser, there is need to cover the eyes during treatment.
As part of its side effect, the skin may blister, redden or even get bruises but all these subside and disappear within a couple of weeks and months