Spider veins are not just for the elderly! In some women, spider veins – those small clusters of red, blue, or purple veins that show up on the thighs, calves, and ankles – become visible at a young age. For others, the veins may not become visible until much later.
There are a number of factors that may contribute to the development of spider veins in the legs, including:
- Changes in hormones;
- Activities or occupations that require prolonged sitting or standing;
- Significant weight fluctuation,
The most common treatment options for spider vein include:
Injection: This method of treating spider veins in the ankles and legs is called sclerotherapy. During treatment, a solution is injected into the veins, which aggravates the inside of the vein, and over time the vein will collapse and fade. If you have numerous spider veins, multiple injections will be required to collapse all the veins.
Laser: Spider veins may also be treated with a laser. In this method, an intense beam of light is directed at the spider vein, which destroys it through the skin.
More than one laser session may be needed to obtain the desired results. For some patients, laser therapy is used in combination with sclerotherapy.
After each spider vein treatment, you will be able to see an improvement in the appearance of your skin. However, it is important to realize that new spider veins may appear down the road, so as time passes you may want to consider further treatment to take care of any new veins that may appear.
During your recovery from spider-vein treatment, you may need to wear support hose to help your legs heal. The treated sites may look like they have been bruised and you may experience some cramping in your legs for the first day or two following treatment. This discomfort is typically temporary and therefore doesn’t require prescription medication.
If you’re tired of unsightly spider veins ruining your legs, call our office today to schedule a confidential consultation.