Have you ever noticed the web-like pattern of veins just under the surface of your skin? The characteristic dark blue and red branching of spider veins is unmistakable. This form of vein disease is also known as telangiectasias. They may show up anywhere on the body, but are most frequently found on the face around the nose, cheeks, and chin, as well as on the legs.
A Paramus, NJ vein specialist on the origin of spider veins
Spider veins or telangiectasias are a smaller variation of varicose veins. The underlying pathology is the same but we call the problem “spider veins” when the veins are particularly small. Their appearance is a complex branching pattern of darkened blue and red veins, indicating that the blood within is not circulating as it should.
The tendency to have spider veins is linked to heredity, so there may be no way to entirely prevent them from manifesting on your skin. Spider veins are not usually associated with fatigue the way larger varicose veins are, but in high concentrations they can cause an itching, burning pain in the lower extremities.
The traditional treatment for spider veins is called sclerotherapy. During sclerotherapy a tiny needle is used to inject a sclerosing solution directly into the problem veins. The solution causes the vein walls to swell and stick together. The vein then seals itself off from blood flow and collapses completely. Over the course of the next few weeks to months the body will breakdown and reabsorb the nonfunctioning vein, improving the appearance of the skin.
This process is so minimally invasive that no anesthesia is required for treatment. Patients are encouraged to perform their normal daily activities and to wear a compression stocking post treatment to achieve optimal results. Sclerotherapy can significantly improve the appearance of spider veins but won’t stop more from occurring in the future if you have a genetic tendency to develop them.
For spider veins that are especially fine and superficial, laser sclerotherapy treatment may be an option. A focused beam of light is targeted, using a handheld device, to send pulses of heat to the diseased veins. The heat destroys the vein walls, collapsing and sealing the vein completely. Again, over the course of the next few weeks to months the body will breakdown and reabsorb the nonfunctioning vein, improving the appearance of the skin. Because the laser is such a focused beam of energy, nearby skin tissue is not damaged.
Patients may experience some redness immediately after treatment which resolves within a few hours. Patients may return to normal activity immediately. If the spider veins are located on the leg, laser experts often recommend a compression stocking regimen following laser therapy to achieve optimal results.
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If you’ve been dealing with spider veins, there’s no better time to find out more about your options. Spider vein treatments are quick, painless and effective at helping your skin looking its best. If you live in the Paramus, NJ area and are looking for a spider vein center, an appointment at Chuback Medical Group with Dr. Chuback and his team can help you find out more about your options. Call 201.430.2737 today to schedule your appointment.