How to Effectively Reduce & Remove Spider Veins
Vein reduction procedures are carried out to reduce the appearance of varicose veins. Varicose vein is the name given to the condition that occurs when veins become enlarged, engorged, and overfilled with blood. Typically varicose veins appear as a swollen, intricate pattern on the skin and are bluish-red.
In some cases, the varicosities are severe, extensive, and extremely painful. While for some, it may be milder and is known as spider veins which can be nothing more than a cosmetic concern. This condition can affect any vein throughout the body; however, it is most commonly seen on the legs. This can be attributed to increased pressure while walking or standing upright and because they are located away from the heart.
It is also observed that women tend to suffer from varicosities more than men. Pregnancy, menopause, advanced age, obesity and positive family history are all possible causes for varicose veins.
Nearly 25% of adults suffer from varicosities or spider veins which demands proper treatment measures. Many people find the presence of spider veins to be extremely troublesome, and it may even affect their confidence and self-esteem, especially when it’s located on the face. Thanks to the advances in medical sciences, we now have various therapeutic and cosmetic procedures to reduce the appearance of spider veins. Read ahead as we elaborate on them.
Laser Treatment for Vein Reduction
A laser yields a highly focused light beam to generate heat. This heat damages the superficially located spider veins. Once damaged, scar tissues form, which closes the vein and restricts blood supply, and soon the vein disappears. This does not harm your body’s circulation as new branches are formed beneath to ensure proper blood supply. You may need multiple seating, and sessions are usually scheduled 6-8 weeks apart.
In cases where large veins are affected with varicosities, endovenous laser treatments are carried out. This is performed under ultrasound guidance. A laser fiber is passed through the vein to direct the blood flow into a different pathway or clear obstructions. Typically, it is done under local anesthesia; however, general anesthesia may be indicated for more advanced cases. Lasers ensure minimal discomfort as the procedure is less invasive than older forms of treatment like ligation or vein stripping.
Injections for Vein Reduction (Sclerotherapy)
Sclerotherapy injection, also known as chemical ablation, is a medical procedure that involves injecting a sclerosing agent directly into the veins. Sclerosing agents are generally salt solutions injected into the spider veins through a thin needle. The solution starts a series of biochemical reactions within the spider veins, causing their irritation, dehydration and eventual destruction. These injections take effect immediately, and you can appreciate your spider veins disappear as soon as the solution is injected.
Sclerotherapy also tends to be more affordable than laser treatments. It can be used to reduce almost all sizes of spider veins. Laser and sclerotherapy may be combined to eliminate the more extensive varicosities. You may need more than one session to ensure the complete resolution of the solution. The period between two sessions will vary according to individual cases and treatment plans.
It is essential to seek treatment for varicose veins as they are more than just a cosmetic problem. They can also be a source of substantial discomfort and pain, making everyday activities difficult. Schedule an appointment with us at B at the top Medical Aesthetics today if you think you may benefit from a vein reduction procedure in Windsor. If you have any more questions, please reach out to us. Our team of excellent medical professionals are here to assist you.