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4 Major Treatments for Spider Veins and How They Work

Spider veins are a dermatological issue known to be less intense forms of varicose veins. They are enlarged veins that can be blue, red, or flesh-colored and look like tree branches or spider webs with their short, jagged lines. There are many conditions that can lead to the development of spider veins, and there are a few treatments options as well.

Sclerotherapy comes in two different forms. The first is visual sclerotherapy, which is a minimally invasive procedure used as a spider vein therapy in the legs, hands, chest, and anywhere else on the body you might experience spider veins. The procedure targets veins that are visible to the naked eye.

The second is called ultrasound guided sclerotherapy. this procedure targets veins when they are not visible, but they are causing symptoms of aching and cramping. This spider vein therapy uses color duplex ultrasounds to identify the veins and help guide the needle during the procedure.

Micro Phlebectomy
Micro-phlebectomy is a micro-surgical technique performed in combination with other techniques to improve vein disease and reduce the visibility of varicose and spider veins. First, an examination of bothersome veins is done both visually and with an ultrasound. Then, small incisions are made along the course of the vein to remove them.

Endovenous Ablation
This is a minimally-invasive approach to treat spider veins and varicose veins that comes in two forms. The first is Closurefast. It uses radiofrequency ablation and ultrasound to place a wire and catheter inside the vein. Then, the vein is shrunk and closed down.

The second is called Venaseal, and it’s known as a sort of “superglue.” It uses an adhesive to close off diseased veins with a small needle.

Compression Stockings
Finally, you can wear compression stockings to treat spider veins. Compression stockings use gradients of pressure to promote blood flow. Increased circulation can slowly decrease the appearance of spider veins.

According to the American Society of Vascular Surgery, at least 20 to 25 million Americans suffer from varicose veins, and they affect around 40% of Americans. If you are one of the many million Americans suffering from spider veins and are interested in spider vein therapy, contact us today!

1 Comment

  • Taylor Bishop

    August 17, 2018 7:46 am

    I wanted to thank you for explaining some different treatments for spider veins. I didn’t now that visual sclerotherapy will target veins that are visible. I’m kind of interested to learn how visible the veins should be, like if they could be faint or if they have to be very prominent.

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