Best Treatment Options for Spider Veins
Spider veins are those networks of red, blue and purple lines that often appear on the lower legs and thighs. Also known as telangiectasia, spider veins typically do not cause more than a cosmetic concern. If the networks become larger, some patients might experience uncomfortable symptoms like aching or heaviness in the legs, especially at the end of the day. Whether you want to eliminate your spider veins for cosmetic concern or physical discomfort, there are excellent options in spider vein treatment today.
Getting Rid of Spider Veins
Two primary treatments are available for the elimination of spider veins:
The “gold standard” in spider vein treatment continues to be an injectable procedure known as sclerotherapy. This treatment involves placement of a sclerosing solution directly into the affected vein, which causes the vein walls to seal together. The vein closes and is eventually reabsorbed by the body. Blood can then be rerouted through healthy veins nearby.
Sclerotherapy is performed on an outpatient basis and patients rarely need any type of topical anesthetic for the procedure. Fine needles are used to administer the injections, which just takes a few minutes to complete. After the procedure, patients are encouraged to get up and walk and may be given compression stockings to wear to assist the healing process. Results will continue to improve in the weeks following treatment.
Smaller, superficial spider veins may be treated by a non-invasive procedure known as laser therapy. A handheld device delivers laser energy below the surface of the skin, damaging vessel walls and sealing affected veins shut. Patients feel very little discomfort during the procedure; some compare it to a rubber band snapping against the skin.
There is no recovery time after laser therapy and patients may return to regular activities right away. In some cases, compression stockings may be recommended to promote healthy blood flow in the area. Results may be seen right away, but usually improve in the weeks following the procedure.
Both of these treatments can be used to eliminate spider veins for both cosmetic and medical reasons. If your spider veins are accompanied by uncomfortable symptoms, it could indicate an underlying condition known as venous insufficiency is present. If this condition is confirmed by your physician, you may be entitled to insurance coverage for at least a portion of your treatment. If the procedure is performed for purely cosmetic reasons, insurance probably won’t help cover the procedure.
Spider veins are a cosmetic nuisance for some, but it is not a condition you have to live with. If you would like to say goodbye to your spider veins, contact PCI Vein Center at 319-362-5118 to learn more about treatment options for spider veins.