At Cosmetic Derma Medicine, we provide Spider Veins Treatment to address unwanted spider vein patterns, one of the most common cosmetic skin problems, responsible not only for leaving people self-conscious, but also occasionally causing symptoms such as burning, aching and itching.
Whether they are linked to heredity or not, spider veins – or spider telangiectasias – affect up to 50% of the adult population, regardless of gender, and tend to get worse over time.
While it is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to completely prevent the appearance of spider veins, with Cosmetic Dermatology & Plastic Surgery it is now possible to obtain excellent Spider Veins Treatment results, fast and safely.
Spider veins are small, red, purple or blue veins that appear in a variety of styles and compression strengths and are most commonly visible near the surface of the skin on the face and legs. Facial spider veins usually appear on the nose, cheeks or chin and may result from extensive sun exposure, hereditary causes, rosacea, long-term and systematic use of corticosteroids and mechanical skin injuries. When it comes to body areas, spider veins primarily affect the thighs, calves and ankles. They occur most frequently in women and may be linked to pregnancy and hormonal changes, genetics, prolonged standing or sitting, abnormal blood flow, obesity, sun damage and micro trauma injuries.
In most cases, spider veins themselves are completely harmless and cause no pain or discomfort. Yet, they tend to grow in number and size with age, making Spider Veins Treatment a cosmetic necessity.
Apart from reducing and/or removing spider vein Patterns, Spider Veins Treatment is also suitable for treating:
There are several treatments available for improving the appearance of spider veins, depending on their location. Short wave diathermy, the most widely used form of treatment over the last decade, and flavonoid-rich topical medications are often associated with poor aesthetic results.
The most effective and safe options in treating vein problems are:
Laser Spider Veins Treatment has evolved into one of the safer and more effective treatment options, used to treat veins less than 2mm in diameter. We use the high-performance ND-Yag Candela laser system to selectively target unwanted veins. During treatment, a high-intensity (1064nm) beam of light is delivered to targeted vein patterns, heating them and eventually, breaking them up. While surrounding tissue remains unaffected, the vessels which break down are cleared away naturally via lymph circulation. Laser treatment is considered the optimal option for facial spider veins and varicose veins of varying sizes, but the treatment is far less popular for leg spider veins.
Sclerotherapy Spider Veins Treatment is the most common treatment for veins larger than 2mm. It is composed of a specialized solution, polidocanol, that is injected into spider or varicose veins in areas of the lower extremities that present valve failure, causing them to gradually dissolve and disappear. Apart from being performed for cosmetic purposes, Sclerotherapy is also able to improve the significant clinical symptoms that accompany lower extremity spider veins, such as swollen feet, burning sensation and pain. Sclerotherapy may also be combined with Laser Spider Veins Treatment to better address the problem.
Left untreated, these irritated blood vessels can lead to a variety of serious medical conditions. A Vascular Surgeon should make an accurate diagnosis and choose the best treatment strategy before proceeding with surgery. Like any invasive procedure, Varicose Surgery Treatment involves downtime and some discomfort.
In order to achieve a successful therapy, major risk factors such as obesity and prolonged standing should be eliminated. Although impressive, Spider Veins Treatment results are highly dependent on the size of treatment area and morphology of spider and varicose veins – thus, the number of sessions needed may vary based on the severity of the condition and treatment method.
The entire procedure takes only a few minutes to complete and is well tolerated. In some cases, topical anesthetic cream may be applied 15-20 minutes prior to the procedure. The ND-Yag Candela laser system is equipped with a cooling spray system that sprays cool mist before, during and directly after each pulse, making the application less painful.
Directly after treatment, the patient may experience a slight burning or stinging sensation, which will subside quite shortly. Moreover, the treated area may present mild redness and/or edema. For a few days after laser Spider Veins Treatment, patients are advised to use a topical corticosteroid preparation for quick recovery, as well as sunscreen, and avoid unnecessary sun exposure. After treatment, the patient may directly resume his/her normal activities, and simply avoid further irritation of the treated site.
Although the number of sessions depends on the size of treatment area and morphology of spider and varicose veins, in most cases, the results are visible immediately after treatment and completed within the next 2-4 sessions.
Sclerotherapy treatment involves the injection of sclerosing agents inside the enlarged veins of the lower extremities. The chemical substances that are used activate the vein’s clotting mechanisms, damage the internal lining of the vein and cause blood clotting within it, resulting in the destruction of their lumen and ultimately, their decomposition.
The number of sessions for patients varies from 2-6 at 4-week intervals. After each session, it is advisable to wear compression stockings or socks for 2-3 days.
Sclerotherapy Spider Vein Treatment has almost no adverse effects. After each session, it is not uncommon to get a warm sensation and a mild burning which will resolve within a few hours. A temporary bruising may develop at the site where the vessel was destroyed, which gradually subsides within 7-10 days with the use of special creams.
A small proportion of patients may develop mild hyperpigmentation (brown spot) at the treatment site, which is usually transient and gradually subsides and disappears with the use of special creams.