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Spider Vein Treatments

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Spider veins are not typically accompanied by symptoms, and they are not usually a serious medical concern. However, their unsightly appearance can become a cosmetic nuisance, keeping you from wearing shorts and avoiding the pool. The presence of spider veins may also mark the beginning of circulation in some cases, which is why an assessment of the veins is always a good idea. Spider vein treatments get rid of unattractive, visible veins without significant disruption in your life.

The Vein Care Center specializes in treating spider veins as well as vein-related diseases. Beyond being the only accredited vein center in the area, Dr. Manu B. Aggarwal and her team also incorporate caring and compassion into our treatment approach while making every effort to listen and understand the specifics of your condition. Read on to see how spider vein treatments offer quick and easy ways to treat veins and enhance your appearance.

What Causes Spider Veins?

While varicose veins are generally caused by faulty valves inside the vessel, spider vein formation is typically attributed to other factors. Genetics is the primary culprit in spider veins, which means if your mother or father have them, you are more likely to develop the visible vessels as well. Other possible reasons for their appearance could include trauma to the skin or sun exposure. However, since your genes are the main cause, prevention tactics are not generally effective in keeping spider veins at bay.

When to Consider Spider Vein Treatment

While spider veins aren’t considered a severe health concern most of the time, they can cause problems when left untreated. Spider veins may lead to itching and burning on the skin’s surface. Some spider veins can also lead to the development of varicose veins, which are bulging twisting vessels that rope up the leg. Other symptoms often accompany the appearance of varicose veins, including:

  • Leg fatigue
  • Feelings of heaviness in the legs
  • Aching pain
  • Throbbing sensations
  • Changes in skin texture or color

If spider veins cause discomfort, it’s always best to seek medical attention from a vein specialist to determine whether treatment is necessary to manage a developing vein disorder. Even if you don’t have symptoms with your visible veins, you may seek treatment for cosmetic purposes. Dr. Aggarwal is certified in Venous and Lymphatic Medicine by the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine, so she is equipped to diagnose your vein issue and recommend the best treatment option for you.

Types of Spider Vein Treatments

Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy offers a quick, minimally invasive solution to getting rid of spider veins. The procedure involves injecting a sterile solution, such as the FDA-approved Sotradecol or Polidocanol, into the affected veins. Once injected, the solution breaks down the lining of the veins, which causes them to seal themselves off. When this happens, the treated vein collapses and, the body reabsorbs the vessel over time.

A sclerotherapy procedure typically takes 15 to 30 minutes to complete. Depending on the size of the treatment area, you may require three to five treatment sessions to eliminate spider veins. There’s no downtime involved with this therapy, so you’ll be able to return to your routine as soon as your appointment is over.

Laser Treatment

Like sclerotherapy, laser treatments can also be relatively quick and minimally invasive. This treatment uses laser energy to heat the affected area and destroy the vein. The use of laser beam energy allows for a precision that prevents surrounding skin and tissue from being damaged. As with sclerotherapy, once the vessel collapses, the body absorbs and eliminates it naturally.

Keep in mind the degree of precision that laser treatment provides is only as good as the doctor or technician performing it. Dr. Aggarwal and her nurse practitioner Kendra are certified in aesthetic laser procedures by the Laser Training Institute. Dr. Aggarwal is also certified in venous and lymphatic medicine by the American Board of Vascular and Lymphatic Medicine (ABVLM). Her experience and expertise, as well as the credentials of her staff, offer patients peace-of-mind in knowing they are in good hands when they choose the Vein Care Center for their laser treatment.

Compression Stockings

If you have a family history of venous disorders, compression stockings can help reduce the risk of developing spider and varicose veins. Compression stockings are commonly used to reduce swelling and promote healthy blood flow after surgical procedures as well. In effect, these stockings apply pressure to the veins and muscles near the skin’s surface. This pressure helps keep blood moving through the veins to reduce the risk of damage and pooling. While compression stockings won’t eliminate spider veins, they may help prevent spider veins from developing or from becoming worse over time.

Call Us Today to Book a Consultation

Spider veins may begin as merely a cosmetic problem, but in some cases, when they are left untreated, they can become symptomatic over time. Dr. Aggarwal has the expertise needed to correctly diagnose vein problems and apply the proper treatment. At the Vein Care Center, our staff makes it a priority to ensure your safety and well-being throughout the treatment process. Call us today at 419-227-4472 to schedule a vein screening with us to get started.

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