Spider veins are small, red, purple, and blue vessels that twist and are easily visible through a person’s skin. They are most often found on the legs and face, and for many people these spider veins are very embarrassing. Many people, especially women, feel uncomfortable wearing shorts and skirts that will expose their legs. For those with spider veins on their face, being in a public setting can cause extreme self-consciousness because even make up can not cover up all spider veins. Luckily for everyone, there are treatment options to zap spider veins away.
Heredity, occupations that require a lot of standing (e.g. nurses, beauticians, teachers, etc.), obesity, hormonal influences, and a history of blood clots can all predispose a person to spider veins. Women also tend to develop spider veins more often than men, and age can increase the frequency of unwanted veins to appear.
Sclerotherapy is a procedure in which a highly concentrated solution is injected directly into the spider veins causing the vein to shrink and disappear. This treatment has been available since the 1930s, and has been very successful at helping people treat their unwanted spider veins. Sclerotherapy may require multiple treatments within the dermatologist’s office, and it is highly recommended that people schedule their treatments in the winter. The legs are typically well-covered during the winter months, and patients will generally be healed and ready to flaunt their new skin by the spring and summer months.
If you need spider vein treatment, talk with your trusted dermatologist. You do not have to hide your legs with embarrassing spider veins any longer!
Posted on behalf of Dr. Jodi E. Ganz, Olansky Dermatology Associates