There are many different reasons why people develop spider veins. They are more common in women and often can become significant on the legs, feet, and the thighs. They can also occur on the face and other areas of the body. Whether this problem is obvious or not, spider vein removal becomes an important procedure for aesthetic reasons, as well as health reasons for many patients.
Most spider veins are painless, but they can become painful and cause an itching or burning sensation just under the skin. They may also be a sign of underlying problems with deeper veins in the legs and body, and may be related to varicose veins.
The process of spider vein removal has evolved with technology, and patients now have several options to consider for removal. A doctor will first complete an examination to determine if there are any underlying issues to be treated and will then discuss the removal options appropriate for each particular patient.
What Causes Spider Veins?
The exact cause of spider veins is not always easily identifiable. For most patients, it includes a combination of factors including a genetic predisposition to the condition as well as changes in weight, hormonal levels, and blood pressure changes.
Pregnancy is often a factor as there are changes in weight, hormones, and blood pressure during the gestation period. Excessive sitting or standing can also contribute to the condition at any time in a person’s life.
Today’s spider vein removal options are minimally invasive and typically require no time off work or extensive time to getting back to your normal routine. There are two basic options to consider: sclerotherapy and laser treatment.
Sclerotherapy involves the injection of small amounts of a sclerosant solution into the veins with a very fine needle. This chemical solution scars the inside of the veins and causes them to swell, cutting off the flow of blood. Without blood flow, these tiny veins collapse and are absorbed into the body.
With laser therapy for spider vein removal, a tiny incision is made in the vein and a thin tube containing a laser is inserted into the vein, emitting a beam which heats up the vein, causing it to seal.
Another option for spider vein removal with lasers is to use the laser over the skin, which is completely non-invasive. This often takes more than one or two sessions but it is a virtually risk-free process for cosmetic spider vein treatment.
Our doctors at the Chicago Vein Institute can provide the right spider vein removal treatment based on your individual assessment. To learn more, see us at chicagoveininstitute.com. You can also visit their Google+ page for more information.
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