You look in the mirror and notice tiny, blue or red veins scattered across your face or you take a look at your legs and see what looks like a web of veins just beneath the skin. Known as spider veins, these veins are usually harmless. But they can affect your confidence and how you feel about your appearance. For that reason, people with spider veins often look in treatment options. The spider vein treatment you pick depends on the size the veins and how long you want to wait for results.
Choosing the Best Spider Vein Treatment
Sclerotherapy is often used by vein doctors to treat larger spider veins and smaller varicose veins. Usually, the treatment is most effective when performed on veins that are at least 3 mm in diameter. During sclerotherapy, the vein doctor injects a chemical solution into the vein. The chemicals irritate the veins, so that they shrivel up and eventually fade from view. Depending on the size of the vein, a single injection might be enough to treat it. Some veins require multiple injections before they finally go away.
The treatment has several advantages. One big advantage is that it is relatively painless and doesn’t require any anesthesia. You also don’t need to take any time off or spend days recovering after the injections. The one thing you will need to do after treatment is wear compression stockings, to help the veins fade away. Usually, stockings should be worn for several weeks after the treatment. Your veins should fade from view within a few weeks, although in some cases, it can take a few months for them to disappear.
Another treatment option for spider veins is VeinGogh. While sclerotherapy uses chemicals to destroy spider veins, VeinGogh uses heat to get rid rid of unwanted veins. During treatment, a vein doctor places a small probe into the skin. Heat from the probe causes the veins to collapse and fade away.
One of the advantages of VeinGogh over sclerotherapy is that it works with smaller veins, even with veins that are smaller than 1 mm in diameter. Unlike laser treatments, which can also be performed to treat spider veins, VeinGogh doesn’t damage the outer layer of skin. No downtime is needed, but it can take as long as six weeks before the veins fade from view.
Depending on the size of your spider veins, you can combine VeinGogh and sclerotherapy treatments. VeinGogh can work on the tiny veins and sclerotherapy can work on the larger veins. To learn more about treatment for spider veins and to choose the option or options that are right for you, make an appointment with vascular surgeons at Bridgeport Vein Center today. Contact us now for more information.