Spider veins are like tiny varicose veins that show up on the surface of your skin. They look like reddish or bluish squiggles on the surface of the skin, particularly on the ankles, calves or thighs but also on the face. Spider veins are common, affecting up to a third of the female population. They can be unsightly as well as painful so there are many women who want to know how to get rid of spider veins.
Spider veins can be completely asymptomatic or can cause various symptoms. The most common symptoms include itching, cramping, heaviness of the legs or aching pain in the area affected. They can exist alone or can be associated with larger varicose veins that feed the spider veins on the skin surface. If you can get rid of spider veins, you can get back to smooth normal looking skin.
Spider veins can look one of three ways. They can radiate out from a central “feeder” point on the skin, they can look like the branches of a tree or can occur as thin lines that are separate from one another. The treatment for spider veins depends on finding out their origin and directing the treatment at the source of the veins.
Very often the people who want to remove spider veins the most fall into one of several groups: those who have a hereditary predisposition toward getting spider veins, those who have been pregnant and gotten spider veins during pregnancy, those who are obese, those who have had trauma to their legs and those who sit or stand during their job for a long time.
There are several ways as to get rid of spider veins. Talk to your doctor or cosmetic surgeon to find out the best course of action to treat your spider veins. One common method for getting rid of spider veins is sclerotherapy. This is a procedure that can be done in the cosmetic surgeon’s office under local anesthesia.
During sclerotherapy, the doctor injects a caustic substance into the veins using a tiny needle. The solution causes the spider veins to collapse and be free of a feeding source of blood. The blood left over in the spider veins just dissolves over time. You can see an effect right away and the procedure only takes about 5 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of spider veins you have. The doctor can inject a bit of xylocaine into the area to numb it up or you can have it done without local anesthesia. The treatment, in such a situation, will be moderately painful.
There is also laser treatment you can have for your spider veins. Laser treatment uses intense light directed toward the spider veins, allowing for their permanent removal. Laser treatment is best used for very tiny veins that cannot be treated with a needle. Laser treatment often causes bruising of the skin, which can persist for up to several weeks. It is more costly to have your spider veins removed using a laser method but it may be the only way to get rid of the tiniest of veins.