Cosmetic Dermatology Procedures

Spider Veins




Spider veins are small, superficial blood vessels, also called telangiectasia. They may be red, blue, purple or green in color and are typically found on the legs and face although they can appear anywhere. Spider veins are similar to varicose veins but are closer to the surface of the skin and may look like tree branches or spider webs.

 

Spider veins can be caused by the backup of blood in veins due to weak blood vessel valves. Most spider veins are caused by venous hypertension or pregnancy. Some contributing factors of spider veins include:

  • Genetics
  • Pregnancy
  • Hormones
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Race
  • Trauma (from an injury)

 

Treatment Options

Water’s Edge Dermatology offers several treatment options for spider veins, including:

  • Ohmic thermolysis
  • Sclerotherapy
  • Micro-Surgical techniques

 

Ohmic thermolysis is a relatively new treatment. A small needle is placed directly into the spider vein and heat energy is focused on it to destroy the vein.

 

Sclerotherapy involves an injection of sclerosing solution directly into the spider vein, which causes the vein to clot and turn into a scar that eventually fades away.

 

Surgical techniques can also be used to remove or close spider veins, such as ambulatory phlebectomy, drawing out the vein through small incisions, or endovenous radiofrequency and endovenous laser techniques.

 

Prevention

Spider veins cannot always be prevented, but there are steps you can take to reduce your chances of developing spider veins.

Steps to reduce development of spider veins:

  • Wear sunscreen
  • Exercise regularly
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Avoid crossing your legs while sitting
  • Elevate your legs while resting
  • Don’t stand or sit for long periods of time, take breaks every 30 minutes
  • Wear elastic support stockings
  • Avoid wearing constrictive clothing
  • Wear lower-heeled shoes

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