How We Treat Spider Veins
Based on the size and location of the dilated veins, your dermatologist will recommend either treatment with sclerotherapy or laser treatment. In sclerotherapy, a solution is injected into the dilated veins with a small needle, causing the vein to collapse. The collapsed veins are cleared by the body within a few weeks to months after treatment. After treatment, it is important to wear compression stockings for a few weeks to prevent the veins from reopening. Pulsed dye laser (PDL) therapy uses a specific wavelength of light to damage the dilated veins; the damaged veins are then cleared away by the body. PDL is most effective for telangiectasias on the face and upper body. Larger veins may require use of the NdYAG laser, which works in a similar way, though with a different energy, to damage the vein. Both of these methods may require several visits, but both treatments are safe and effective for reducing the appearance of visible veins.
Meet With Our Clara Team
Effective options are available for the treatment of spider veins. Come in and meet the team at Clara Dermatology to get started on your customized treatment package. We invite you to contact our office by calling or booking online.
Spider veins are small blood vessels that have dilated and become more visible, typically on the legs. Spider veins appear as a result of your genetic makeup, pregnancy, long periods of standing, or simply the aging process. These dilated veins are not usually painful or dangerous, but can be a cosmetic concern for many patients and can make it difficult to feel fully confident in your skin. Dilated veins can also be present on the face, where we call them telangiectasias. Both spider veins and telangiectasias can often be treated safely and effectively.
Characteristics of Spider Veins
- Red, blue, or purple veins that are dilated and enlarged
- Red, blue, or purple bumps with blood vessels radiating outwards almost like the legs on a spider