What are Spider Veins?
Spider veins are small, torturous, often branching veins that occur most commonly on legs and face, but can also occur on any part of the body.
The cause of formation of spider veins varies with location on the body. On legs, spider veins are usually caused by excessive pressure resulting from leaky valves. On face, spider veins are usually caused by skin’s reaction to chronic exposure to harsh environmental factors such as scorching sun, wind, and cold weather.
What treatments are available?
Spider veins are most commonly treated by either sclerotherapy (injection of a solution that will obliterate the vein, with a very fine needle), or by laser and light procedures such as BBL/ IPL, or YAG laser.
- How is sclerotherapy done?
Sclerotherapy involves injection of a sterile solution (called a sclerosing solution) into the small veins using a very fine, thin needle. This solution irritates the vein lining causing it to undergo fibrosis and eventually disappear. Multiple veins can be injected at each session. The sclerosing solution used may be either hypertonic saline or sodium tetradecylsulfate.
- Are treatments painful?
Occasionally there will be a short period of itching which is usually gone by the end of the treatment. The needles used are extremely small and changed frequently which causes minimal discomfort if any. Numbing creams are not normally needed and come with their own complications. Most patients tolerate vein injections without any problems.
- Is there any harm in removing spider veins?
Spider veins have no function and removing does no harm
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