Spider veins appear as bluish or purplish blood vessels underneath the surface of the skin. If you have these visible blood vessels on your face or legs, you may be wondering whether it’s possible to have them treated or removed. The good news is that we have professional treatments for you here at Premier Dermatology and Mohs Surgery of Atlanta in Alpharetta, GA. Whether you’d like to have spider veins removed for cosmetic or health reasons, we can help.
How Can You Treat Spider Veins?
If you’d like to minimize or eliminate the appearance of spider veins on your legs or face, you may have already tried home remedies and traditional methods such as improving blood circulation, elevating your legs, and wearing compression stockings. But if you are looking for professional treatments that can visibly minimize your problematic veins as soon as possible, we offer various treatments here at Premier Dermatology and Mohs Surgery.
Visually Guided Sclerotherapy
Sclerotherapy is a non-invasive treatment that can quickly and safely eliminate your problematic veins. This treatment typically lasts for about an hour. To perform this treatment, we use a fine needle to inject a sclerosing solution directly into your veins.
Sclerotherapy seals shut your visible veins, which are expected to break down and fade in a matter of weeks. The blood in your treated veins is then rerouted to your nearby healthy blood vessels.
Ultrasound-Guided Foam Sclerotherapy
If you are bothered by the appearance of larger, deeper veins that are related to venous insufficiency, then you may need to undergo ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy. We recommend this option to those who are looking for a more effective, durable solution that addresses any underlying venous disease first before targeting superficial spider veins.
During ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy, we carefully map out your disordered veins and locate where they are connected to your deep venous system. By using compression, we will isolate your problematic veins before injecting a sclerosing solution that will cause your problem veins to collapse. A single injection can treat both your deep veins and the smaller spider veins that are connected to them.
Are Professional Vein Treatments Effective?
Each person responds differently to professional vein treatments. Generally, you can expect anywhere from 60-80% of your problematic veins to be removed. We recommend that you wait for up to six weeks to see visible, permanent results from your treatment. Multiple sessions may also be needed before you can achieve your desired results.
By taking proper care of your treated areas, you can expect improved outcomes from your treatment. Our team will provide you with special instructions and advice on how you can recover faster and achieve the best results. You can expect to receive aftercare instructions such as:
- Avoiding strenuous activities for a few days
- Minimizing exposure to direct sunlight
- Avoiding hot showers or baths
- Using compression socks as prescribed
Can Spider Veins Go Away on Their Own?
Blood vessels may become visible under the surface of your skin due to circulation problems. For example, increased blood pressure due to pregnancy or weight gain can cause your blood to “pool” and accumulate in the veins just beneath the surface of your skin. Problematic veins may be caused by weight gain, pregnancy, and a sedentary lifestyle, and usually do not go away on their own.
If you are experiencing discomfort, spontaneous bleeding, or skin discoloration due to disordered veins, you may need to seek treatment before your condition worsens.
When To Seek Professional Vein Treatment
Some people find that spider veins are not just a cosmetic issue – they can become a health and medical concern, too. If you are familiar with the following symptoms, you may seek professional treatments as soon as possible.
Tired and Heavy Legs
Do your legs feel swollen and heavy all the time? Venous insufficiency may be the reason why you’re feeling heaviness in your legs. This condition is usually caused by poor blood circulation. If you are beginning to notice swelling in your ankles and leg area, you may need to seek medical attention for urgent treatment.
Unexplained Changes in the Skin
Problematic veins can cause physical changes to the surrounding skin. If you notice any thinning, discoloration, or dryness in your skin with visible blood vessels, it might mean that your veins have become weakened or damaged, preventing your blood from circulating effectively. Vein treatment can help restore the optimum health and appearance of your skin.
Cramping, aches, or itching in the legs are symptoms that should not be ignored. We recommend that you seek medical attention as soon as possible before your vein problem worsens. Our team can carefully assess your condition and recommend professional treatments that will restore your daily comfort.
Achieve Optimum Skin Health
If you are bothered by the appearance of spider veins, you are not alone. Many people, especially women, suffer from them. The good news is that you can now rely on professional vein treatments that are convenient, widely available, and highly effective. To get started on your vein treatment, contact Premier Dermatology and Mohs Surgery of Atlanta in Alpharetta, GA, and schedule a consultation with our team.