Like their eight-legged namesakes, spider veins can elicit some rather unpleasant responses when they appear on a person’s body. These small clusters of red, blue, or purple blood vessels serve no real function in your body’s circulation but they do create cosmetic concerns for many people.
Not surprisingly then, there are excellent treatments now available in the area of spider vein removal. Spider veins are much smaller and easier to treat than varicose veins. **Please note we do not remove varicose veins**
What causes spider veins?
The heart pumps blood filled with oxygen and nutrients to the whole body. Arteries carry that blood from the heart outwards to the body. Veins carry oxygen-depleted blood back to the heart through the squeezing of leg muscles which pumps blood from the lower body. Veins have flaps which serve as shut off valves which prevent blood from flowing backwards as it makes its way back up to the heart. If these shut off valves become weak, blood can leak back into the vein where it collects and becomes know as venous insufficiency.
Pooled blood enlarges the vein until it becomes varicose. Spider veins may also be formed this way but are also attributed to hormone changes, inherited factors, and exposure to the sun as well.
How do you treat spider veins? The latest option in the reduction of spider veins or spider veins removal is laser technology. Laser vein treatment is a non-invasive procedure in which blood vessels absorb heat from a laser and safely dissolve back into the rest of the body. The system delivers an ideal wavelength that delivers a superior pulse quickly into the unwanted vessel, causing it to coagulate and then absorb back into the body. Blood flow is then redirected into the deeper veins below the skin’s surface where it should be.
Laser spider vein removal is effective on small to medium sized veins, but might need to be used in conjunction with Sclerotherapy for tougher clusters. Sclerotherapy involves the injection of a substance that causes the vein to whither and be reabsorbed by the body. By combining both sclerotherapy and laser a very good cosmetic effect can be achieved.
What types of veins can be treated?
The system can remove small unsightly veins from all parts of the body. Small facial veins can be treated quickly without bruising or complication. Spider veins and smaller blue veins can also be treated with great results. Knotty varicose veins and large blue veins however are not good candidates. A careful evaluation will help determine which vessels can be treated and the best course of treatment for each individual.
Are the treatments painful?
Most patients will experience a quick “snap” or “poke” as the laser pulse is delivered to the vein. No anaesthesia or pain medication is required. Following the treatment the pain is minimal or nonexistent. Sclerotherapy involves injecting small areas of spider veins with a sclerosing solution. The veins are superficial and the needles used are extremely small. Most patients report that it is less painful than laser therapy.
What happens after a treatment?
Following laser treatment there may be some redness or bruising with some local swelling of the skin. These effects typically last less than 24 hours, with the exception of bruising. Following sclerotherapy, the veins may look worse for a short period of time as the veins wither and are resorbed. Some patients may be advised to wear a compression stocking following a leg treatment for a short period of time.
It is recommended that you avoid vigorous and strenuous activities for 24 hours after treatment. Sunscreen is recommended on any treated area that will be exposed to the sun, and it is always a good idea to limit sun exposure. Some pigmentation may occur following a vein treatment.
When will I see results?
Most patients will find that the majority of the treated veins will show a significant improvement within two to six weeks of the first treatment. Multiple treatments may be needed depending on the size, colour and location of the vein. It is recommended that the patient come back eight weeks after the treatment to reassess whether or not more treatments are necessary.
Contact True Balance Longevity Institute at 780-306-4331 to find out if laser or sclerotherapy treatment for spider veins is right for you. We offer sclerotherapy and laser treatments at our location in Spruce Grove and laser therapy exclusively at our location in Sherwood Park, Alberta.