Spider Veins Symptoms & Treatment Options
Spider veins are the small, thread-like colored veins that are most often seen on the surface of the skin. Spider veins, also known as telangiectasias, are found most commonly on the thighs or lower legs of women. They are hereditary, frequently occur in the legs and appear as dark or lighter shades of blue, purple or red.
It’s estimated that at least one third of the adult female population is troubled with this common problem. People often seek treatment for spider veins because of cosmetic concern. However, it is also common for spider veins to cause symptoms, such as aching, heaviness, itching and night cramps. Certain factors contribute to the development of spider veins, including heredity, pregnancy, hormonal factors, weight gain, occupations or activities that require prolonged sitting or standing, and trauma.
Spider veins are not generally considered a health risk; however, patients can experience symptoms such as itching, burning and achiness in the affected area. Factors like heredity, pregnancy, prolonged standing or sitting, trauma or pressure, and hormonal changes all contribute to the causes of spider veins.
Most spider veins are treated with a combination of sclerotherapy injections and superficial or topical laser therapy for the quickest resolution. All procedures are performed in-office using only local anesthesia. A series of 3-5 treatments per region are typically required for optimal results, which involve minimal downtime and discomfort.
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Sclerotherapy is performed by using an FDA-approved solution called sodium tetradecyl sulfate (Sotradecol). A tiny needle is used to inject the solution into the spider veins causing them to seal shut. Blood is then diverted through normal veins. The treated vein is absorbed over time and eventually becomes nearly invisible or disappears all together. Sotradecol gives superior results and is better tolerated than the traditional hypertonic saline injections. The “feeder” veins are best treated by this technique. Generally, normal activities can be resumed immediately after sclerotherapy. Medically prescribed support hose and/or bandages may need to be worn for several days to assist in resolution of the veins.
Much like what we typically do for leg veins – hand sclerotherapy involves a series of small injections into the target vein. By injecting a few drops of a safe sclerosing agent just under the skin, into the vein, the walls of the vein collapse and the vein is naturally absorbed by the body. The body will then “re-route” blood flow safely through healthy veins. Each session only takes about 30 minutes and is virtually painless.
A small cotton compression bandage is worn for two days after treatment. Several sessions are needed. Hands are delicate and only half of a patient’s hand is treated at a time for an easier recovery. You may drive home immediately. You can resume your daily routine, with almost no limitations.
Superficial laser treatment uses thermal energy to super-heat the veins, causing the veins to collapse and seal shut.