Every time you head for the beach, you are forced to see those ugly blue and purple lines. If spider veins are ruining your leg appeal, it is time to let your doctor help. Most spider vein treatments take just minutes and are painless. Don’t spend another summer trying to cover up your legs. With the right treatment, you can bear them with pride.
What are Spider Veins?
Telangiectases, or spider veins, are a cluster of tiny veins that lie close to the surface of the skin. They generally appear on the legs, but you might see them on your face, especially around the nose or mouth. For most people, they are more of a cosmetic concern, but they can burn or ache at times. Spider veins are harmless, but hard to see and treating them is simple.
Sclerotherapy is often called the gold standard treatment for spider veins and small varicose veins and is done at a vein treatment center. The staff makes you comfortable in one of the exam rooms, lying with your legs up on the table. The doctor will use a tiny needle to inject a sclerosing solution into the spider vein. The chemical, usually a salt, irritates the wall the vein and it collapses.
Once the vein closes, the body reroutes the blood to use healthy veins and the diseased one disappears in just a few weeks. You may have some mild discomfort around the injection site. The chemical agent may cause minor muscle cramps, as well, but overall the procedure is fast and easy. In some cases, it takes a few treatments to completely eliminate spider veins.
After the procedure, you are able to return to your daily activities. The doctor may prescribe compression stocking to help improve the circulation in your legs that you will wear for up to a couple weeks.
VeinGogh – Ohmic Thermolysis System
One of the newer treatments for spider veins is the VeinGogh Ohmic Thermolysis System sometimes used in conjunction with sclerotherapy. The VeinGogh system uses a thin probe to thermocoagulate the vein. In other words, the probe uses electrical energy to heat the vein and cause the blood to coagulate. The result is the vein collapses and disappears.
The VeinGogh system is for very fine spider veins, smaller than 1 mm, ones that are too tiny for the standard treatment. The probe is the width of a hair strand, so it can enter diseased veins that are too small for a needle. The treatment is painless and the vein will disappear in about six weeks.
There is no reason to let spider veins ruin your next trip to the beach when there is help available at the vein clinic.