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Understanding Spider Veins and Treatments

Learn about spider veins and venous disease below; it can help you understand what you are experiencing, however, for an accurate diagnosis and consultation it is best to see a professional. We believe the more you know helps you understand the process and heal better.

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Spider Veins May Be a Symptom of Venous Disease

Spider veins are small, thin blood blue vessels that almost look like a small spider’s web that has sprouted underneath the skin. These are usually harmless but are signs of poor circulation. They usually appear on the legs or thighs. But they also can appear on the face, forearms or hands. Women most often get these, especially women who are pregnant or taking birth control pills. Heredity also plays a big role in influencing if you get this. Please remember that having spider veins removed can have positive cosmetic benefits too.

Spider Vein Symptoms

Besides their appearance, spider veins usually don’t cause any physical symptoms. They can cause minor discomfort or burning sensation. Additionally, remember spider veins can be connected to the larger issue of venous disease.

Diagnosing Spider Veins

A doctor will perform a physical exam on you to determine if you have spider veins and venous disease. The physician also may order duplex ultrasonography. This test uses sound waves to determine how your blood moves through your veins. Read more below to see what the different treatments for spider veins and venous disease look like.

Cosmetic Benefits for Spider Vein Removal

Although spider veins can be a sign of a serious condition, they also can just be unsightly. If you’re embarrassed by your spider veins and find that you’re holding yourself back or don’t feel comfortable exposing your legs, you may benefit from having your spider veins removed. If you have spider veins on your face and find that you are constantly applying makeup to cover them up, treatment might also be right for you. If you’re healthy and spider veins are negatively affecting your life, you should consider removal with a simple procedure below so you can feel more comfortable in your own skin. Learn more about spider vein aesthetic procedures.

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What Treatment for Spider Veins Is Best for Me?

Lifestyle Changes as a Treatment for Spider Veins
Exercises like running or walking can help aid in circulation.

Sclerotherapy as a Treatment for Spider Veins
Sclerotherapy is the most common way to treat spider veins. During this inpatient procedure, a doctor will inject you with a mixture of salt, fatty acids, and glycerin that will help collapse the vein. You may experience some bruising, however, there is no downtime at all. This does not require any kind of surgical procedure.

Foam Sclerotherapy as a Treatment for Spider Veins
During foam sclerotherapy, the foam is injected into the veins to help collapse them. This method can take longer to see results. It’s also typically used on larger veins.

Laser Therapy as a Treatment for Spider Veins
This method works by injecting light into the vein to make it fade and then disappear. The advantage here is that no needles or incisions are used. It can cause bruising, itching, swelling, and a change in skin tone. This also isn’t as effective as sclerotherapy.

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