Spider Vein Treatment

Spider veins are bluish red veins that develp mostly on legs and face. These veins are visible through the skin and can twist and turn.


The condition most prominently occurs on legs and face. Spider vein is known as telangectasias in medical terms and there are no potential risks till it becomes large bulgy vein. Most of the individual think that varicose veins and spider veins are same. But it is not the truth and more importantly one doesn’t lead to other. Varicose vein condition refers to swollen and large vein that occur on legs. Whereas the spider veins occur in group and are very delicate. However both varicose and spider veins are caused due to similar factors.

Spider veins

Causes or Reasons for Spider Veins


Many factors such as heredity, obesity, anything that causes pressure  on abdomen such as constipation,hormonal changes post menopause or during pregnancy are possible factors that cause spider veins to occur.


Till today it is not known on what makes the body to create spider veins, but in medical field there are numerous theories which tackle likely causes. According to a theory spider veins that occur near skin surface are generally fed by varicose veins that lie beneath skin. These veins are embedded deeply, so that they reach skin surface. As a result of the underlying veins the blood circulation could be disrupted and that could enable spider veins growth.


Some of the medical experts relate spider vein situation to estrogen imbalance or heredity factors. There is a possibility that spider vein could occur with the varicose veins. Majority of the patients suffering from spider veins resort to cosmetic improvement in order get relief from the pain. The formation of spider veins on skin surface takes place due dilation of smaller veins under skin especially in legs. Spider veins appear like purple or red sunbursts on affected region. According to medical studies the condition doesn’t involve any health risks though it would produce a burning or aching sensation in legs due to prolonger standing.


Symptoms of Spider Veins


Patients with spider veins often complain of pain in legs,cramps restlessness.

Women complain of unbearable pain during menstrual cycle or post menopause. They usually complain of throbbing pain and tingling sensation. . Occasionally, varicose veins can form a painful blood clot with inflammation of the vein called thrombophlebitis.

Patients feel heaviness in legs after walking or standing for long time. This condition is temporarily relieved by lifting legs or placing on a cushion.


Treatment Options for Spider Veins

1.   Weightloss: Obese patients would be required to loose weight as excess weight also leads to spider vein inflammation.

2.   Support stockings: Surgical stockings available in chemists shops cause relief especially during pain.

3.   Laser treatment: Laser is sent endovenous and causes vein to collapse,done under local anaesthesia.One and only treatment that is available for treatment of spider veins is to exterminate them. Before eliminating affected vein a medicated solution will be injected into vein and it causes contraction of spider vein. Then it would be exterminated easily through various medical procedures. The process is referred to as sclerotherapy.

Sclerotherapy is a painless medical procedure which improves appearance and prevents growth of spider veins in future. With inventions in medical field, lasers are extensively used in eliminating spider veins on face. On the contrary laser method is not that effective on veins as in case of sclerotherapy on legs and arms. Therefore sclerotherapy is regarded as one of the safest and best treatment method related to spider veins. Sclerotherapy involves multiple treatment sittings and after the therapy, patient will have wear support hose or compressive bandages for about 2 – 3 weeks.

4.   Radiofrequency: Catheter is inserted inside vein and with heat the vein collapses, again done under local anaesthesia.

5.   Surgery: Large spider veins can be treated with surgery such as ligation or stripping.


6.   Vasculight and Photoderm: Now a day laser treatment is used alongside needle therapy is used to treat spider veins on face. The heat generated from high intensity beam of laser destroys spider veins. This particular treatment is effective on fair skin people to treat tiny veins.

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