Spider veins are much smaller versions of varicose veins, and look like little blue or red spider webs all over your legs. They develop in the same way that varicose veins do – the circulation inside these little veins is not correct, and a small amount of blood pools inside these veins. Since these veins are very near the skin, this change in circulation makes them very dark and visible.
Although there are some genetic causes for developing spider veins, most generally it can be caused by the following as well:
• A great deal of standing in place
• Sitting with the legs crossed or other constant constriction
• Circulatory issues, such as with diabetes
It is recommended that, in order to help prevent this issue as much as possible, you should not sit with your legs crossed for long periods of time, get a lot of cardiovascular exercise, and if need be, wear compression stockings while standing.
Once you do develop spider veins, it can cause a lot of distress because they are very visible and make it uncomfortable for some people to wear revealing clothing. Thankfully, there is a great treatment that can help remove the spider veins and get your legs looking their best.
Sclerotherapy is a fairly simple procedure in which small and very fine gauge needles inject a chemical into the spider veins. This chemical makes the vein close itself off, which removes the spider vein. At the Sutton Place Laser Vein Care clinic, we use the best quality chemicals and offer exceptional thoroughness throughout the treatment.
We understand that, as with any medical procedure, there can be some risks, so we minimize those risks by using the best techniques, medical knowledge and tools.
At our clinic, our NYC patients will be relieved to know that this treatment often takes less than an hour, and requires very little recovery. Depending on the size and scale of the veins, we can treat up to 25 spider veins in one session.
We urge you to remember that even the most successful spider vein treatment cannot prevent new ones from forming, so we do our best to educate our patients on changes they can make to help slow down the process of spider vein formation. Our staff can set up a consultation to help you learn if this procedure is right for you, and to learn more about how to get great looking legs.