Spider veins are blue, purple, or red veins that develop on your skin’s surface. They can appear as webs, thin lines, or branches. Spider veins form in various body parts but commonly appear on your legs. They develop when valves in the veins that carry blood back to your heart become weak or damaged, making blood flow in the opposite direction and pool in your vein. Aventura spider veins may or may not cause symptoms. They often do not cause symptoms. You may treat spider veins to relieve symptoms or for cosmetic reasons. Here are ways you can treat or manage your spider veins.
Compression stockings or socks
If your spider veins are causing pain or discomfort, your doctor may recommend you wear compression stockings or socks. They exact gentle pressure on your leg, preventing blood from pooling in veins, and help reduce leg swelling. Compression stockings or socks can also help prevent the risk of blood clots in your legs. They come in various sizes and strengths, so your doctor can prescribe the right socks for you. You can purchase the support stockings from a pharmacy or surgical supply store.
Some lifestyle changes can help prevent spider veins or keep them from worsening. These changes include avoiding standing or sitting in one position for a long period, reducing weight if you are obese, and elevating your legs while sitting, resting, or sleeping. Also, avoid wearing high heels for prolonged periods. Shows with lower heels may help tone your calf muscles and improve blood flow through your leg veins. Physical activities that involve your legs can help improve muscle tone and blood circulation.
Sclerotherapy involves your provider injecting a special substance directly into the damaged vein. The substance irritates the vein, sticking together and preventing blood from flowing into the region. Sclerotherapy can help minimize swelling and make your spider veins shrink. The spider veins vanish over time, usually three to six weeks. Your doctor may suggest several treatment sessions to achieve effective results. After Sclerotherapy treatment, your doctor may recommend you wear compression stockings for a few weeks.
Your doctor can use laser therapy to treat small spider veins near your skin’s surface. The laser uses a strong beam of light that makes your spider veins clot and dry up. Laser therapy is less invasive than Sclerotherapy, but it is typically less effective. The treatment is generally an outpatient process.
Endovenous laser therapy
Endovenous laser therapy is a newer treatment technique for treating spider veins. It involves your provider making a small incision into the damaged vein and inserting a laser fiber. The laser fiber applies heat directly to the affected vein, causing it to collapse. Endovenous laser therapy involves local anesthesia to help avoid pain during the procedure. It may take several months or a year for your spider veins to disappear. This treatment may involve various risks, including infection, blood vessel damage, vein inflammation, and nerve damage.
Schedule an appointment at Soffer Health Institute for spider veins treatment to improve your leg’s appearance.