Spider veins, named because they resemble tiny spider webs, can be a source of embarrassment. The veins often appear on people’s legs, but can also develop on the nose or other areas of the face. Fortunately, there are a number of spider vein treatment options available to reduce or eliminate the veins. While the treatments have definite advantages, there are also some drawbacks you should know about.
Advantages and Drawbacks of Spider Vein Treatment
Pro: Limited Downtime
Usually, the amount of time you have to spend off of your feet and resting after treatment for spider veins is limited. Although you’ll want to wear compression stockings for a few weeks afterwards, you’ll be able to return to your regular life pretty much right away. Your vein doctor will let you know if any activities, such as exercise, are off-limits and for how long.
Pro: Treatment Works
Spider vein treatments tend to be effective. Sclerotherapy, for instance, destroys the actual veins, so that they fade from view. The VeinGogh system also destroys the veins, using a burst of electrical energy to cause them to coagulate and collapse.
Pro: Comfortable Treatment
Another pro of spider vein treatments is that they tend to be fairly comfortable. You might feel a tingling or cramping sensation during sclerotherapy, but that discomfort typically fades after about a minute or two.
Additionally, most treatments for spider veins are minimally invasive and don’t leave large scars or require large incisions. Both sclerotherapy and VeinGogh are performed with a tiny needle or probe, so no cuts or incisions are required.
Con: You Might Need a Series of Treatment
One of the drawbacks of spider vein treatments is that, while they do work, it might take several attempts before you get the results you hope to see. Some veins might need to be injected a few times before they finally collapse for good, for example.
Con: Treatments Take Time
Spider vein treatments aren’t ideal if you need to see results instantly. Depending on the size of your veins, it can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months before you see the final results after your treatments. The VeinGogh treatment system, for example, usually takes between three and six weeks to show results and is only effective on the smallest of veins.
Con: Spider Veins Can Return
Treatment is effective on existing veins. But it won’t keep new spider veins from developing. If you want to keep your spider veins from coming back, it’s a good idea to wear sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun’s rays. Exercising or moving more also reduces the likelihood that your veins will return.
Ready to learn more about treatment options for spider veins? Contact the vascular surgeons at Bridgeport Vein Center today.