Up to 60 percent of all Americans reportedly suffer from a vein disorder such as varicose veins or spider veins. Spider veins, also known as telangiectasia, generally manifest as red or purple, spider web-like markings on the skin but are generally not associated with any other symptoms. However, in some cases, they may cause some discomfort and pain as well as itching or burning of the surrounding skin. Spider veins can occur anywhere on the skin or mucous membranes but are most commonly found on sun-exposed areas such as the face and legs.

Treatment for spider veins generally consists of sclerotherapy, laser therapy or a combination of both. In some cases, such as pregnancy, the spider veins may eventually resolve on their own once the underlying stressor (in this case the pregnancy) is removed. However, in most other situations, spider vein removal is needed to get rid of the unsightly veins.

Laser Treatment for Spider Veins

Laser treatment for spider veins is more commonly used to treat spider veins in the face than those in the legs. During laser spider vein removal, a laser is used to produce selective light-induced heat damage to the affecting veins, causing them to disappear from sight. This procedure is fast and is considered very safe and effective, although more than one procedure may be needed in some cases.

Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy has been around since the 1930s and has truly demonstrated just how effective and safe of a treatment it is for both spider veins.

During sclerotherapy, a special sclerosing solution, such as Polidocanol, is injected into the diseased vein. Polidocanol also functions as a local anesthetic, so sclerotherapy using this agent does not sting or burn. Upon injection of the sclerosing solution, the vein wall becomes non-functional and starts to shrink, causing the blood to be rerouted to other healthy veins. Over time, the diseased spider vein gradually disappears from sight. In some cases, more than one treatment may be needed, and there may be some mild side effects, such as itching or discoloration of the treated area. Overall, sclerotherapy is fast, painless and effective, and with the exception of vigorous exercise, you can get back to most of your normal everyday activities pretty much immediately after the procedure.

If you are suffering from unwanted spider veins or any other vein disease, make an appointment with your vein care specialist today and discuss which treatment option is right for you.