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    Treatments for spider veins

    Unlike varicose veins, spider veins are harmless. Most people seek treatment for cosmetic reasons. However, treatment will also alleviate the mild yet persistent discomfort this condition sometimes causes.

    The treatment options available include the following:

    Applying pressure on the veins in the lower legs can improve blood flow and prevent more spider veins from appearing. Compression also lowers the risk of blood clots and may help relieve swelling.

    Compression socks and stockings vary by the amount of pressure they apply. Prescription compression stockings are usually the tightest, and therefore apply the most pressure to the legs and feet. These are only available with a prescription and come in different sizes, strengths, and footless varieties.

    Gradient compression stockings provide a medium amount of pressure around the calves, ankles, and feet. These are available for purchase online and at specialist pharmacies. The lightest compression stockings are support pantyhose, which are widely available online and in retail stores.

    Lasers can treat spider veins that are small (less than 3mm) and closer to the skin’s surface. A healthcare professional uses a specially focused beam of light to induce clotting in the spider vein, which causes it to dry up. This is the least invasive outpatient treatment for spider veins.

    Sclerotherapy entails injecting a substance to irritate the walls of the veins. Irritated vein walls will clump together, preventing blood flow to that area.

    This slightly invasive procedure gets rid of swelling and shrinks the vein over time. Eventually, the vein fades or disappears altogether. Sclerotherapy may take multiple treatments to produce favorable results.

    The vein closure system is similar to sclerotherapy, but instead of an irritant, a sticky substance is injected into the veins. The substance closes off the vein, blocking off blood flow. Eventually, the vein fades off or disappears. Just as in sclerotherapy, vein closure may take multiple treatments to take effect.

    Sclerotherapy and vein closure can be performed by trained nurses, cosmetic surgeons, dermatologists, plastic surgeons, and vein specialists. The procedure is simple enough to conduct in the healthcare professional’s office, and it usually doesn’t require anesthesia.

    Following the procedure, the patient is required to wear compression stockings for days or weeks. The entire process may take up to six weeks to succeed.

    The number of treatments needed to remove spider veins successfully depends on their severity.

    EVLT is a new medical procedure for treating small varicose veins and spider veins. It involves opening up the affected vein with a small incision and then inserting a laser fiber that directly applies heat to the vein.

    With time, the vein collapses, and after several months or even years, it fades away. EVLT is slightly invasive, so it requires the use of local anesthesia.

    Surgery is rarely used to treat anything smaller than mild varicose veins. But if spider veins don’t respond to the less invasive procedures above, surgery is usually the last resort.

    How to prevent spider veins

    You can prevent spider veins by adopting some lifestyle changes. These self-care tips will prevent new spider veins from appearing and stop existing ones from spreading.

    Sitting, standing, or staying immobile for too long increases the risk of spider veins. After every thirty minutes, you should get up and move around to enhance circulation.
    Clothing that is too tight can restrict blood flow to the pelvic region, the waist, and the legs, which increases the risk of spider veins.
    Physical activity improves circulation and keeps blood from accumulating in the legs.
    Some people become flushed when they consume alcohol. Others get broken facial blood vessels. Alcohol can increase the risk of spider veins developing in the facial region.
    Avoid too much exposure to hot environments like saunas and hot tubs. Excessive heat can cause swelling in veins, making them more likely to dilate and bulge, especially in the legs.
    Wearing sun-protective gear and sunscreen when spending time outside can prevent spider veins, especially on the face.
    Excess weight puts pressure on the legs, making the veins more susceptible to valve failure. Overweight people are at a higher risk of developing both varicose veins and spider veins.
    Raising your legs will stop blood from pooling downwards, and therefore prevents spider veins.
    You can preemptively stop spider veins by wearing compression stockings or socks if your family has a history of them.

    It’s advisable to seek professional advice if you have a skin condition that elevates your risk of developing spider veins. Conditions like rosacea can be risk factors for spider veins.

    Final Word

    spider vein looks very different from a varicose vein, but spider veins appear to be just as severe as varicose veins in groups or clumps. 

    Preventing spider veins is possible through self-care and minor lifestyle adjustments. It’s vital to be proactive if your family has a history of the condition.

    Lastly, you should always seek treatment for spider veins if it’s too late for prevention. For consultation and spider vein therapies in Pedes, Orange County, contact us today to book an appointment.


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    What to Expect from Your Visit to Pedes



    Your treatment will begin with an ultrasound examination of your veins, arteries, or both, in your legs to diagnose the presence and extent of the disease. Your test results will be immediately available to review with the doctor.