Although the underlying causes are similar, spider vein treatment is different from varicose vein treatment because spider veins are a different condition than varicose veins. Spider veins (technically termed telangiectasias) get their name because the network of visible veins below the skin is often as delicate as a spider’s web. They often appear as a cluster of red and blue veins just beneath the skin, and may resemble sunbursts, branching trees, or a series of lines. Spider veins are found on the legs and face.
Spider Vein Causes
Like other vascular problems, spider veins can be caused by the backup of blood within the veins. However, one does not cause or contribute to the development of the other. People who suffer from spider veins are not necessarily at increased risk for varicose veins.
Other common causes of spider veins include:
- Hormone Changes
- Sun Exposure
Fortunately, spider veins are rarely a serious health issue. They can cause some discomfort in the legs, but are usually more of a cosmetic concern than anything else. In rare cases, spider veins are a sign of blood backup deeper within the skin, which can lead to symptoms similar to those found with varicose veins. However, most cases can be solved through simple spider vein treatment.
Women and Spider Veins
Like varicose veins, spider veins tend to disproportionately affect women. This is mainly because of the effect of hormones on the development of this condition. In fact, they tend to occur during times of hormonal flux, such as during pregnancy or menstruation.
Spider Vein Treatment
Sclerotherapy/Cryo-Sclerotherapy ™ used to Treat Spider Veins
Sclerotherapy is an injection based spider vein treatment option. Spider veins are injected with a sclerosing solution that irritates the vein causing it to close. Over time, these closed veins are harmlessly absorbed into the body. Until recently, this option was offered using a topical anesthetic to lessen the discomfort. While this option is still readily available, Dr. Shah has a alternative method, Cryo-Sclerotherapy ™, using a cooling device to further minimize discomfort making it virtually painless.
Surface Lasers Used to Treat Spider Veins
Spider vein specialist, Dr. Shah, uses the latest, most advanced surface lasers to treat spider veins. Among the lasers used by Dr. Shah are:
Click on a laser above to learn more about these state of the art surface spider vein lasers.
Schedule Your Spider Vein Treatment with Dr. Shah
If you are interested in getting rid of your spider veins, contact us to make an appointment with Dr. Shah and get the best spider vein treatment Philadelphia has to offer. He can assess your condition and recommend the best course of treatment for you. We offer a variety of treatments to treat your spider veins, so make your appointment today.