More and more people are recognizing unsightly spider veins on their skin. Some claim that foods like garlic and blueberries have properties that may help treat spider veins. Others claim that they should avoid these foods. What they do not know is that these home remedies do not have any effect on existing spider veins. A simple, non-invasive laser treatment is the best option to treat spider veins. Laser treatment is safe and effective in reducing spider veins.
Spider veins are the initial signs of venous insufficiency and when treated early, pain, swelling, sores (ulcers) and blood clots can be avoided. Spider veins are thin, twisting vessels and appear blue, purple or red in color on the skin’s surface. They are called spider veins, because they resemble spiders’ legs and webs. Most often, spider veins are seen on the legs, chest, or face. Men, women and children can get spider veins, and reports show that more than 75 percent of women over the age of 18 have spider veins.
Patients can seek spider vein treatment at the Northern Illinois Vein Clinic with board certified interventional radiologist Dr. Rimas Gilvydis. Endovenous Ablation, also known as Endovenous Laser Treatment, is used to remove tiny spider veins from the skin’s surface by using a concentrated energy that closes dysfunctional veins. Specialized energy targets the pigments of blood and heats up the veins. The heat generated by the laser zaps the vein and is designed to leave no signs of damage to the nearby skin tissue.
According to WebMD, laser treatment causes less pain and has a shorter recovery period than surgical vein stripping. This is because the treatment is done through tiny incisions in the skin, which do not leave any significant marks or scars. Use of local anesthesia is administered to numb the patient. If the veins are not controlled early, treatment of spider veins will be ineffective and reappear a few months after treatment.
What causes spider veins?
There are many factors that contribute to the development of spider veins. These include:
- Increased pressure in abdomen by tight clothing, tumors and constipation
- Hormonal influences during pregnancy, puberty and menopause
- Use of birth control pills
- Family history
- Aging (common in elderly)
What makes me a candidate for spider vein removal and treatment?
Patients who are fed up with the appearance of spider veins on their skin make up the majority of clients. They should be in good health and mentally stable condition. A patient that does not smoke is preferred. The vein specialist will evaluate the patient’s goals and design a plan tailored to that patient’s needs. Individuals with spider veins may experience pain, throbbing and itching. Laser treatment will resolve these symptoms before they progress to more severe damage.
How can I prevent spider veins?
- Avoid wearing tight-fit underwear and clothing that confines the waist, groin and legs
- Avoid crossing legs while sitting
- Avoid standing or sitting for a long time
- Exercise regularly to increase circulation
- If overweight try to lose weight to decrease pressure on legs
Dr. Gilvydis will inspect the affected areas upon initial consultation. If the veins do not appear to be varicose then simple laser treatment is the correct solution. If the veins have grown from its initial appearance, he will recommend other forms of treatment such as sclerotherapy.
For more information on spider vein removal treatment, visit Dr. Gilvydis at the Northern Illinois Vein Clinic. Laser treatment will remove spider veins efficiently to keep your skin looking clean and healthy.