If you have developed spider veins, you have most likely given some thought about whether or not there are feasible ways of having them removed. While they seldom create any health risks and usually do not produce symptoms, they can be a reason for discouragement if you happen to be one of those people with the condition. If you are unhappy with your spider veins, consider your spider vein treatment options.
Spider veins fall into the same general category as varicose veins. The biggest difference is the size of the vessels that are impacted. Spider veins develop in the capillaries. These are those small vessels that are attached to the larger ones for the purpose of delivering oxygen-enriched blood throughout the body and then returning it to the lungs for a fresh supply. The capillaries help the blood reach all the places that larger vessels cannot. The larger vessels, in essence, are trunks that feed these smaller vessels.
Spider and varicose veins begin to develop when the blood backs up in the vessels and begins to pool. The added pressure that is placed against the walls from inside the veins then causes them to enlarge. This, in combination with the pooling of the blood, causes the development of varicose and spider veins.
Varicose veins can cause symptoms that can make life uncomfortable at times. Spider veins do not produce symptoms. Instead, they impact the appearance only. These smaller vessels are visible through the skin. They appear as lines that are woven together. They get their name because they can remind you of a spider web as the lines branch out with jagged turns. These lines can be red, purple or blue.
Spider veins frequently appear on the legs, just like varicose veins do. However, unlike varicose veins, they are common on other places as well, including the face. This is what leads many individuals to look for methods by which they can be made to disappear.
Sclerotherapy is an old method for treating spider veins that has been in use for decades. It is done by injecting a solution into the targeted veins. This solution is formulated to thicken the blood inside the veins, causing them to stick together and collapse. With this type of treatment, patients usually see full results within a few weeks. It takes some time for the body to absorb the scar tissue that is left of what once was an abnormal blood vessel.
Laser therapy is commonly used method to get rid of spider veins. Lasers are highly concentrated pulses of light that are delivered to the targeted vessels. As the laser energy hits the vessel, it converts to heat that destroys the vessel. Depending on the number, size and location of the vessels that are treated, it may take several sessions for the treatment plan to reach completion.
Both of these methods require minimal downtime. They are minimally invasive and can be done right here in our office. If you are concerned over the way spider veins are impacting your appearance, discuss your options with us at Premier Vein Clinic. With three locations in Tampa, Riverview and Lakeland, we proudly provide patients in the area with comprehensive varicose and spider vein treatment options. To learn more about the spider vein treatment services we offer, schedule your consultation with us today!