There are a number of aesthetic issues that people want to get rid of because they affect their aesthetic appearance. Spider veins are one of the common skin issues that do not cause any severe harm or damage but are aesthetically unappealing. This is the reason that persons having them want to get them removed as soon as possible. Spider veins are actually red or bluish lines mostly occurring on the legs but cal also appear on face and other areas. Let’s know what they exactly are and what treatment options are available for their removal.
Spider veins occur as a result of congregation of tiny veins beneath the surface of skin resulting in red, blue or purple discoloration. Spider veins got their name because of their spider web like appearance. In some cases, they are extremely small while others become more prominent and noticeable. They are not harmful but make you feel self cautious. There are various treatments available for their removal. We will discuss them but before them have a look on methods for preventing them. They mostly occur because of constant and prolonged standing or crossing your legs while sitting. Avoid these postures and wear support leggings or stockings to prevent their appearance. Below given are the available treatment options.
Sometimes mild spider veins do not require any treatment and decrease by wearing support stockings and sometimes fade by using home remedies. On the other hand, if they are more visible, you need to go for their treatment. The most common cosmetic treatments used for their removal are Sclerotherapy and laser treatment.
Sclerotherapy is the treatment in which salt solution is injected in the treatment area that causes veins to collapse leading to eradication of spider veins. This treatment is highly effective and less invasive causing no severe discomfort except the injections being slight painful. The common but temporary and minimal side effects associated with this treatment are slight tenderness and bruising. Tenderness subsides in couple of days while bruising requires few weeks to fade. Sclerotherapy requires multiple sessions to give optimum results.
Laser treatment is the most popular cosmetic treatment and is done for a number of cosmetic issues. It is an effective and gold standard treatment for the removal of mild to moderate spider veins also. During the procedure, laser light is introduced to the skin that is absorbed by congregated veins. It forms tiny blood clots in the veins that block them, which are then absorbed by the body. The laser beam only targets the veins and destroys them without damaging the surrounding skin tissues. Nearly four to six months after the treatment, the veins are reabsorbed by the body and eradicated completely. During the treatment, you may feel slight tingling sensation but any potential pain is avoided with the use of local anesthesia. The temporary side effects include tenderness, redness and bruising.
Above given both the treatments are effective for removal of spider veins but it is important to see an experienced dermatologist to get them removed.