Spider Veins Removal
at Woodbury Dental and Laser Clinic in Kent
Spider veins are like smaller versions of varicose veins; these spider veins are also much closer to the surface of the skin than varicose veins. These veins are can be coloured blue or red, and can appear like tree branches or spiderwebs that are characterised by short, jagged lines. They can be found on the legs and face and can cover either a very small or very large area of skin
- It is believed that heredity plays a key role in the development of spider veins. A person who has relatives of family members with spider veins is more prone to have spider veins as well.
- Obesity or excessive weight can cause problems with a person’s blood circulation, and can cause spider veins to develop.
- Blood clotting problems can also cause spider veins to develop, and become more pronounced with the passage of time.
- Those who work in jobs that involve a lot of standing (such as factory workers, nurses, teachers, and hair stylists) are more prone to the development of spider veins.
- Hormonal influences during puberty, pregnancy, or menopause are believed to cause spider veins in women.
- Women who use birth control pills are believed to be more prone to developing spider veins.
- Hormonal replacement medications used in treating post menopausal symptoms may cause the development of spider veins.
- Spider veins can be caused by conditions that cause increased and prolonged pressure in the abdomen – tightly worn garments (girdles or underwear), tumors, constipation.
Treatment Options for Spider Veins
- Use of Support Stockings – The most conservative approach to treating and addressing spider veins is simply to wear properly-fitting support stockings, especially when the veins cause discomfort or pain. These support stockings can generally be purchased at any surgical supply store and at some pharmacies.
- Sclerotherapy – This spider vein treatment procedure uses a highly concentrated saline (salt) solution, which is injected directly into the vein, causing the vein to disappear gradually over a period of three to six weeks.
- Lifestyle changes – Good skin hygiene, weight loss (if needed), and walking can help treat varicose veins and spider veins.
- Endovenous Laser Treatment – This is a procedure in which a small laser fibre is inserted into the vein. Pulses of laser light are then delivered to the area inside the vein, causing the vein to collapse. The endovenous laser treatment is done as an outpatient procedure, under local anaesthesia.
- Radiofrequency Occlusion – This spider vein treatment is performed by inserting a small catheter into the vein. The catheter delivers radiofrequency energy to the vein wall, causing it to heat, collapse, and be sealed shut. The procedure is generally done in an outpatient setting, and may be done under local anesthesia.
- Lasers Treatments and Intense Pulsed Light Treatments – Surface laser or intense pulsed light treatments, such as Vasculight and PhotoDerm, are other spider veins treatment options. These devices use heat energy to directly damage abnormal veins. These treatments require no needles and are non-invasive; however, the patient may experience some minor discomfort during the procedure.
- Surgery – Surgical techniques to treat spider veins are considered to be the last resort, and include vein ligation (tying off of a vein) and vein stripping (the removal of a long segment of vein). Another procedure, which is called ambulatory phlebectomy, involves the removal of large surface veins through very small incisions will not require stitches. Surgery may be performed using local, spinal, or general anesthesia. Surgical treatments are generally used to treat large spider veins and varicose veins.