Spider and varicose veins are some of the most commonly treated dermatological problems. Many patients choose to have their spider or varicose veins removed for cosmetic reasons, but others are seeking relief from pain — spider and varicose veins can sometimes be very uncomfortable, especially while standing. If you’re curious about spider vein treatment in Manhattan, contact Rao Dermatology today to learn more!
How Are Spider and Varicose Veins Treated?
Spider and varicose veins are typically treated with either lasers or sclerotherapy. Both procedures are minimally invasive and require no general anesthesia or significant recovery time.
Laser ablation treatment is the newest innovation in the treatment of spider and varicose veins. It uses the heat from an infrared laser to destroy the veins. Different types of lasers are available; our specialist can help to determine which will be most effective for your skin type and vein condition.
Sclerotherapy is the injection of a liquid or foam solution directly into the vein, causing it to disintegrate. Following the procedure, the vein will gradually absorb into the body. Sclerotherapy has been used to treat spider and varicose veins for over 150 years and it is remarkably effective.
Sclerotherapy has been the most popular treatment for spider and varicose veins for decades, but laser ablation is beginning to rise in popularity and many dermatologists now use it as their first option.
Is Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Painful?
Treating spider or varicose veins with laser ablation or sclerotherapy can be irritating, but usually, neither procedure is very painful. The procedures are brief, usually only taking an hour or so, they don’t require any general anesthesia, and patients are able to walk out on their own afterward. Some patients experience mild discomfort from laser treatment — it has been described as feeling like a rubber band snapping against the skin — but this can be eased with a topical anesthetic.
Why Choose Rao Dermatology?
Rao Dermatology is one of the nation’s leading dermatology practices. We offer both medical and cosmetic dermatology and work hard to ensure every patient’s comfort and satisfaction. We have offices in Manhattan, NY, Atlantic Highlands and Woodbridge, NJ, and Fresno and Hanford, CA, and are proud to help patients all across the country.
Our founder, Dr. Babar Rao, has over 20 years of experience as a dermatologist, and he is a leading international authority on skin cancer detection.