Unlike varicose veins that are large, swollen and raised blood vessels, spider veins are smaller dilated or stretched out blood vessels that form a branching pattern on the thigh and lower leg. Spider veins are progressive and can increase in number and visibility if they remain untreated. Since spider veins inhibit the body differently than varicose veins, so does the treatment.
People with spider veins often experience pain, aching or cramping in the leg. The visible veins on your thighs can also cause an embarrassment. The burning, heaviness, and tiredness in the legs can cause too much discomfort preventing you from carrying on with your daily activities.
There are two common treatment options form eliminating spider veins – sclerotherapy and laser treatment.
Sclerotherapy works best for medium-sized blood vessels. In this method, a sclerosing solution is injected into the vein using a microneedle to cause the veins to shrink, blanch (turn white) and the gradually disappear. After this minimally invasive procedure, you’ll be given compression stockings to wear to help compress the veins and enhance the success of the treatment.
Laser treatment includes a handpiece passing over your skin and the laser light is absorbed by the blood so that the vessels can coagulate and be absorbed by the body. It is a minimally invasive procedure that works best in removing small to medium-sized spider veins. In order to protect your retina and cornea from laser light, your eyes will be covered.
By contacting our spider veins specialist in El Paso, TX, you can schedule your consultation. We look forward to helping you find relief and get back to your daily activities.