Spider Vein Treatment Pueblo, Co
Spider veins are veins that appear close to the surface of the skin. They are usually red or blue and can look like spider webs, tree branches or appear as thin, short jagged lines. They can appear anywhere, but are most common on the legs and face and appear in groups. As people age, more leg veins seem to appear. The three primary causes of spider veins are:
- Heredity: If other people in your family suffer from spider veins, you are more likely to develop them over time as well.
- Pregnancy: During pregnancy, hormonal shifts often increase pressure on the circulation, leading to spider vein growth.
- Prolonged sitting or standing: If your occupation or lifestyle entails standing up or sitting down for long periods of time, then increased venous pressure may cause spider veins.
- Other less common causes of spider veins include excess sun exposure, certain medications and birth control pills, weight gain, and wearing high-heeled shoes or tight clothing.
Spider Vein Treatments Include:
Sclerotherapy – Sclerotherapy is a procedure involving the use of a syringe and a very tiny needle to inject a solution into the vein, which causes it to collapse. Sclerotherapy is very effective for unsightly veins of all sizes and often requires multiple injections. Patients should wear bandages or compression stockings for several days after treatment, and it may take the body up to six weeks to completely dissolve the treated vein.
Laser Treatment – This is different than the laser treatments for varicose veins. Varicose vein laser treatment (EVLT vein treatment) is inserting the laser fiber into the vein to close it. Spider vein laser treatment is using laser energy through the skin to irritate the vein and cause it to close. This is very effective. It works very well and smaller spider veins and abnormal veins on the face. The laser is safe for all skin types, but it may make some temporarily more susceptible to sun burn so sun screen is necessary.
Combination of sclerotherapy and laser treatment – This is the best of both therapies. Usually, the sclerotherapy injections are used on the “feeder” veins and larger spider veins, and the laser is used on the smaller spider veins.
Preventing Spider Veins
Generally, spider veins are not serious health issues. There are treatments available and they are highly successful, though new veins can form as you age.
If you have or have had spider or varicose veins, you can minimize your risk of developing more by:
- Wearing compression support stockings – support or compression stockings put pressure on your veins and often mimic valves that function properly, thus relieving discomfort. These can be purchased over-the-counter or by prescription.
- Elevating your legs for up to 15 minutes several times a day
Other things you can do to prevent spider and varicose veins:
- Try not to sit or stand in one position for a long time.
- Get regular exercise.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
For the fast-effective treatment of spider veins, get a Free Consultation to look at your unsightly veins and discuss more about treatment options. Contact the Pueblo Vein Center at (719) 564-0210 today.