Spider and varicose veins have similar causes. The basic difference is in the size of the affected veins. Spider veins develop in the small vessels, or capillaries, that are located closer to the surface of the skin. Their purpose is to deliver blood flow to all the tissue in the body that is not reached by the larger vessels. Varicose veins develop in larger vessels. However, spider veins commonly appear on the face, as well as the legs, and varicose veins primarily develop in leg veins. Both conditions are treatable, in many cases by the same methods. There are, however, some methods that are used for varicose veins that are not feasible for the smaller spider veins.
One of the things you might want to consider when seeking treatments for spider and varicose veins is the availability of a variety of treatment methods. Since individuals and their conditions vary, what works well for one person may not be the best option for another. Therefore, careful consideration should be given of the person’s medical history as well as the severity of the vein condition that is about to be treated. Only then will our team be in a position to offer the best advice on what treatment method is likely to bring about the most favorable results.
Another thing you might want to consider before settling in on a treatment method is the amount of downtime you can handle. Some methods may require you to recovery while others may allow you to return to normal activities immediately.
When seeking treatments for spider and varicose veins, it is beneficial to gain a basic understanding of the common treatment methods. This will put you in a position to make a better choice if it turns out that more than one treatment method is feasible for you. Learning how the treatments are delivered as well as the risk of side effects is helpful.
Sclerotherapy is a procedure that is often done to treat both spider and varicose veins. It is done by injecting a solution into the vein that is to be removed. This solution irritates the walls of the vessel, making them stick together. This collapses the vein. The tissue that remains begins to be absorbed by the body and will eventually disappear from view.
Laser treatments have become one of the most popular methods in recent years. They work by emitting pulses of concentrated light into the veins that are targeted for treatment. The heat from the laser will safely destroy the vein.
Before choosing a treatment method, it is crucial to talk with our team at Rao Dermatology about which method is best for you. During a consultation at our office in Hanford, Fresno, Woodbridge, Atlantic Highlands or Manhattan, our team would be happy to address any questions or concerns you may have. Contact our Hanford, Fresno, Woodbridge, Atlantic Highlands, or Manhattan offices today to schedule an appointment to learn more.