Spider Veins

What is a Spider Vein?

These are small, thread-like colored ugly-looking veins, commonly the cause of shame, that are most often seen in the surface of the skin, most often in the lower extremities and face.

It’s estimated that at least one third of the adult female population is troubled with this common problem. People often seek treatment for spider veins because of cosmetic concern.

Certain factors contribute to the development of spider veins, including heredity, pregnancy, hormonal factors, weight gain, occupations or activities that require prolonged sitting or standing, and trauma.

Available Treatments for Spider Veins

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Sclerotherapy

A common form of treatment for spider veins is sclerotherapy. This is an in-office procedure where veins are injected with a solution, using small needles, which causes them to collapse and fade from view.

Electro-Thermal Coagulation (Veinwave/VeinGough)

This new procedure has received the commercial name of “Vein Gogh” or “Vein-Wave” and consists of the application through a hair-thin probe of successive very small bursts of electricity along very tiny spiders that cannot be injected.

Laser Treatment

Lasers have also been used to treat spider veins of the legs. Many different kinds if intense light have been tried with disappointing results. This is a very expensive technology that is still waiting for good results.

Frequently Asked Questions about Spider Veins

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What are spider & varicose veins?

Veins are the vessels that return blood to the heart once it has circulated through the body (as opposed to arteries, which carry oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the body). They have one-way valves that help keep blood flowing in the proper direction. If these valves stop functioning the way they are supposed to, blood can flow backwards and pool in the vein, causing it to stretch. These enlarged blood vessels are classified into two groups: spider veins and varicose veins.Spider veins are visible red or blue blood vessels that may spread like a web across the skin anywhere on the body, most commonly on the face and legs. Varicose veins are blood vessels with weak walls that swell or balloon outward, raising the skin surface.

Are spider veins common?

Yes. More than 80 million people in the United States have spiders and varicose veins, including about 50 percent of women.

Can they be harmful?

How good a result will I get from treatment?

You can expect an improvement in cosmetic appearance of about 80%.

Will the spiders veins disappear immediately?

No. Spider veins take about 3 months to show the optimal result.

How long is the recovery time?

For sclerotherapy there is no recuperating time. Patient can resume normal activities immediately. For microphlebectomy and Laser ablation (EVLT), patient can resume most of the activities immediately. The only restrictions are heavy exercise involving the legs (i.e. running). This limitation is for one week.

Will I be able to work and exercise?

Yes, you will be able to work immediately after the procedure. With regards to exercise, as above mentioned, for EVLT and microphlebectomy you will be ask to refrain from running for one week.

Will the result be permanent?

Patients with spider veins have a predisposition for the development of these veins. The procedure eliminates about 80% of the spiders, but does not change the predisposition. Therefore it is very common to develop new spiders in the future, and in order to keep the legs free of them, it is necessary to have further treatments at relatively frequent intervals (one-two years).

Will there be side effects?

The most common side effect of the treatment is a brownish discoloration in the area of the spider that usually disappears after 3 to 6 months.

Will I need my veins for future heart surgery?

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