Spider Veins

Spider Veins

Spider veins are small, usually red veins that resemble spider webs or tree branches. They are visible just beneath the surface of the skin and are smaller than varicose veins. They are typically painless and do not cause health problems.

Symptoms

Typical symptoms are usually just visual

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Treatment
Options/Benefits

Fortunately, treatments for spider veins have progressed and now provide a quick recovery from a minimally invasive procedure.

Treatment Options

  • Compression stockings can help improve blood flow and prevent swelling, further spider veins, and blood clots.
  • Sclerotherapy causes the affected veins to become irritated and become stuck together, closing off blood flow. This procedure will cause the spider veins to shrink and then disappear eventually.
  • Laser therapy can be used on veins that are just beneath the surface of the skin and smaller than 3 millimeters. The concentrated light beams will cause the vein to clot and then dry up. This is the most minimally invasive option.
  • Endovenous laser therapy (EVLT) is the application of heat directly to the vein via laser which causes the vein to collapse and disappear over several months. Local anesthesia is typically applied to the affected area.

Risk Factors

  • Pregnancy
  • Being female
  • Being older
  • Being overweight
  • Sitting or standing for extended periods of time
  • Sun damage
  • A family history of spider veins
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Prevention

  • Use SPF every day
  • Maintain healthy weight
  • Stay mobile and exercise regularly
  • Limit alcohol consumption
  • Avoid tight clothing

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