I have spider veins on my legs and face. What can I do?
What Are Spider Veins?
Spider veins are very thin red lines or sometimes web-like networks of blood vessels that appear on your legs and face.
These veins are harmless and visible because they lie just underneath the skin. They aren’t necessary for circulation despite being connected to your larger and deeper vein system.
The spider vein formations are caused by multiple factors. These include genetics, pregnancy, hormones, age, weight gain, sun exposure and activities or occupations that require you to sit or stand or you conducting a sedentary lifestyle. If you have them you are part of the 85%-90%% of the population with spider veins. Spider vein may take various forms and shapes. They may appear in a long legged spider shape or in a dense network of dark purple or blue veins, or they take a linear pattern. They most frequently appear on the legs especially the thighs. On the face, their favorite places are around the nose and lips and they are smaller than the lower extremity spiders.
Spider veins are mainly a cosmetic issue but if you’re unhappy about the way they look, then you can do something about them. What options are available to remove them?
Types of Treatment
We recommend Laser surgery as the first treatment for all spider veins in the face. The laser works by sending bursts of light energy into the vein which then slowly fades and disappears. The Laser is not as effective in the legs.
Sclerotherapy (or Injection Therapy)
In this procedure your vein is directly injected with a sclerosing (scarring) solution that occludes the vein, causing the blood to reroute through healthier veins. Often blood will be spilled over by the broken vein.
The Given Needle
This is the latest technology that just been approved by the FDA. It works somewhat similar to the laser in that it burns the spider vein. It is superior to sclerotherapy because it does not need to be inserted into the vein and therefore causes less bruising.
Your treated spider veins will fade after a few weeks but sometimes the same vein may need to be treated more than once. Also, new spider veins can develop in the same area. Spider vein treatments do not require any anesthesia, there is no downtime and you may immediately resume your normal activities. However, you should wear compression stockings for 10 days.
Temporary side effects may include redness, bruising, itching and swelling but also on occasions permanent skin tone changes.
The cost of spider vein is $340 for the first treatment and $250 after that if you need additional sessions and have extensive areas to be treated. We can do 25-30 vein treatments at a time with the Given needle on the legs. It is important that you purchase and wear a post-treatment compression garment as this will improve your results. Health insurance plans will not cover spider vein treatment and related complications.