Spider veins are thin red lines or web-like networks of blood vessels that appear on your legs, thighs, and feet. Spider veins are generally harmless, but they can sometimes cause aching, pain or a burning sensation when you’ve been standing for long periods.
Causes of spider veins can be attributed to many factors including heredity, occupations or activities that require sitting or standing for a long time. Pregnancy, hormonal shifts or weight fluctuations can also cause spider veins.
If you are bothered by the appearance of spider veins, you are probably a good candidate to have these veins removed. You do need to have a positive outlook and realistic goals for your spider vein treatment and be committed to following the best course of treatment.
Unfortunately, most insurance plans will not cover spider vein treatment or any related compilations. Check out your insurance policy, however, to make sure. You might find a clause in your policy allowing you so many treatments.
When you go for your consultation make sure you list any problems you have had in the area to be treated, any surgical procedures that have been performed near the area in question, give a list of current medications, vitamins, alcohol, tobacco or drug use, and any medical conditions.
Your surgeon will also evaluate your general health, examine your veins, discuss the outcome of spider vein treatment, and recommend a course of treatment.
Make sure you understand the risks involved. Risks can include swelling and bruising, change in skin sensation, infections, ulceration, scarring or persistent pain. Most side effects are unusual – spider vein treatment is generally safe and will leave your legs looking gorgeous.
Procedures used in spider vein therapy are:
- Sclerotherapy or a procedure where your doctor inject the veins with a solution that scars and closes the veins. This procedure causes the blood to reroute through healthier veins. It may take a few weeks, but this spider vein treatment will cause your unsightly spider veins to fade. Sclerotherapy can be done in Dr. Ryan Jones, Utah, Vein Envy office. Once you have had the procedure done, you may experience side effects of itching, swelling, and skin color changes in the treated area. These side effects fade over time.
- Laser surgery sends an intense burst of light into the vein. It causes the vein to fade and disappear slowly. No needles or incisions are used. Laser surgery is less effective than sclerotherapy if you have unsightly veins that are larger than normal spider veins. With laser surgery, you may experience side effects of redness, itching, swelling, bruising and permanent skin tone changes on the areas that have undergone spider veins treatment. Again, side effects may not happen to you if you follow your surgeons instructions for healing.
Note that spider vein treatment is effective, and blood vessels fade over time, but veins may not disappear completely. You need to follow instructions during recovery, and your doctor may suggest support hose to help you heal. Treated sites can appear bruised, and there may be some cramping in your legs for a day or two. This discomfort is temporary and doesn’t require any special medication. Alert! Be aware that new spider veins can develop later in the same area you just had treated.