Regardless of where they appear, spider veins can be embarrassing. Fortunately, this condition is common, and a number of different treatments are available.
What Are Spider Veins?
Spider veins are small, dilated blood vessels that usually appear near the surface of your skin. They are easily visible and often form web-like patterns. Spider veins may be blue, red or purple in color. They commonly appear on the hands, face, chest and legs.
For most people, spider veins cause no additional symptoms. However, some patients may notice itching or burning.
What Treatments Are Available?
If you are suffering from the symptoms of spider veins, you can choose from several different treatments. At the Bridgeport Vein Center, we offer two types of treatment for spider veins: sclerotherapy and VeinGogh.
Sclerotherapy is a common medical procedure used to treat spider veins. It works by introducing a special solution into the vein, which irritates its walls. The vein then closes off and is eventually absorbed by the body.
During sclerotherapy, a vascular surgeon uses a thin needle to inject the solution directly into each spider vein. The number of injections required per session will depend on your treatment goals. When larger veins are injected, you may feel a slight cramping sensation. However, postoperative pain is minimal and you will be able to return to your normal activities quickly.
Results from this procedure are not immediate. However, during the weeks following the procedure, the treated veins will fade from view. Some patients will require more than one session.
The VeinGogh procedure makes use of the VeinGogh Ohmic Thermolysis System, a system that uses a thin, insulated probe to deliver energy directly into spider veins and force them to coagulate instantly. During the procedure, the vascular surgeon inserts the thin probe into each vein. Because the needle used is so thin, there is no noticeable scar or incision. Instead, patients will notice a small “scratch” in the treated area. This procedure is ideal for very small spider veins, especially those that are too small for sclerotherapy treatment.
If you are dealing with spider veins and you would like to learn more about these treatment options, please call the Bridgeport Vein Center today to make an appointment.