Spider Veins are typically harmless, although can sometimes contribute to an aching, or burning sensation, especially if you have been standing for long periods of time.
Spider veins and microvaricosities both respond well to treatment with laser ablation and injection sclerotherapy. While an immediate reduction can occur, it is important to know that an ongoing diminution will occur, and it can take weeks to a few months before maximum results are achieved. Multiple treatment sessions can be required.
What Are Spider Veins?
Spider veins, also known as telangiectasias and microvaricosities, are small, thin, blood vessels visible beneath the skin. They appear most commonly on the face and legs and may look like a series of lines, tree branches, or a spider- or web-like shape with a dark center. It is estimated that spider veins affect nearly half of adult women in the U.S.
Laser Ablation of Spider Veins
New technology allows us to treat spider veins without surgery or a long recovery. Laser surgery works by sending strong bursts of light into the vein that make the vein slowly fade and disappear. No incisions or needles are used. Laser ablation of spider veins takes only 45 minutes in two sessions. The laser aims carefully-controlled pulses of narrow-wavelength light at the damaged veins. The veins absorb the light and heat up, then collapse and close. They are then gradually re-absorbed by the body. Normal activities can be resumed immediately.
Spider Vein Removal with Injection Sclerotherapy
In concert with laser ablation of spider veins, injection sclerotherapy is very effective. Sclerotherapy is the “gold standard” treatment for spider veins. Injection sclerotherapy is performed with a miniscule (30 gauge) needle. We do not use hypertonic (very concentrated) saline, but a very dilute agent that results in good ablation with little pain and minimal risk.
In this procedure, your doctor injects the veins with a solution that scars and closes those veins, causing the blood to reroute through healthier veins. In a few weeks, treated spider veins fade. Although the same vein may need to be injected more than once.
Sclerotherapy doesn’t require anesthesia. Some side effects may include swelling, itching and skin color changes in the treated area.
Choosing The Right Combination of Spider Vein Treatments
To discuss spider vein removal and decide what treatment(s) is right for you – schedule an appointment with Dr. Lautin at our Park Avenue office in New York!