Spider veins usually do not pose a health threat. Although, they can cause aching and discomfort, spider veins are primarily a cosmetic problem.
Both spider veins and varicose veins are caused by a backup of blood related to venous insufficiency. Venous insufficiency occurs when valves in the veins become damaged or weak, causing blood to pool in leg veins instead of traveling back up to the heart.
Spider veins are also caused by issues unrelated to underlying venous insufficiency, including hormones, sun exposure, and even minor injuries. However, due to their connection with venous insufficiency that can cause bulging, painful varicose veins, it’s recommended that you see a vein specialist for a full evaluation to determine if your spider veins are related to hidden varicose veins in the legs; this will allow your doctors to help you treat venous insufficiency before it becomes a more aggressive problem.
Sclerotherapy is the treatment of choice for spider leg veins. The treatment is minimally invasive. The procedure also can improve related symptoms such as aching, swelling, burning and night cramps. Treated veins tend to fade within a few weeks. Occasionally it may take up to two months to see the full results. In most instances, patients require several sclerotherapy treatments.
Which procedure is right for you?
Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat both varicose veins and spider veins. This procedure involves small injections of a sclerosing (hardening) medication using a very fine, thin needle. The sclerosing medication irritates the vein lining causing it to collapse and seal shut. As the healing process continues, the treated veins will fade from sight.
The first step toward medical vein treatment is conservative management (required by most insurance companies), which includes compression therapy. Prescription level compression stockings that are worn prior to medical treatment. Help to manage symptoms associated with venous disease and improve venous blood flow. Creating a tight pressure around the foot and ankle that gradually decreases as it moves up the leg and helps promote the normal flow of blood up the leg. If you suffer from spider veins, varicose veins, or venous insufficiency wear compression stockings.
The Icon laser system uses targeted laser energy to destroy the damaged blood vessels causing your spider or reticular veins. Your body redirects blood flow away from the damaged blood vessels. Once destroyed, the vessels are absorbed naturally by your body and fade from view over time.
Most patients leave the office with noticeably clearer skin in the treated area. You can expect results to improve over the following week and as your treatment sessions continue.