Spider veins and varicose veins are not the same. A spider vein is a blood vessel that is dilated or stretched. They have a branching pattern that is very distinct and noticeable. This is one of the main reasons why women of all ages who have these unsightly veins want to treat them.
Spider veins are commonly located on the lower leg or thigh regions. On a rare occasion they may also appear on a woman’s face. As a women ages the spider veins will usually increase in area. They will also become more visible as one ages. There are two methods of treating spider veins. One is Sclerotherapy and the other is laser vein treatments. These two methods have proven successful in eliminating spider veins form the skin.
The question that many women ask is, when is a good time to think about a spider vein treatment? This is something that you should consider with your family doctor. However, if you are showing any visible spider veins on your thighs or legs that show a web-like or branch-like pattern, then it would be a good time to talk to your physician. This is also true if these type of patters appear on your face.
As with most things there are pros and cons. One of the pros for sclerotherapy and laser therapy are that they have been proven to be a very safe procedure. There is virtually no discomfort or pain. Another pro is that these two procedures give the patient an overall enhancement in the look of unsightly spider veins.Plus, there is no need to miss work as the patient can immediately resume their daily schedule and normal activities.
These are just a few of the pros to having sclerotherapy and laser therapy treatments. To learn more about all of your options give our laser vein care office a call at (212) 593-9800.