What are spider veins and why are they treated?
Spider veins are the small unsightly clusters of red, blue or purple veins that most commonly appear on the thighs, calves and ankles and also on the nose or face, formed by the increased pressure to the veins, due to
- Pregnancy and other events that cause hormonal shifts
- Weight gain
- Occupations or activities that require prolonged sitting or standing
- The use of certain medications.
They are treated to collapse the veins and fade them from view.
How are spider veins treated?
- Spider veins can be treated either by
- The skin over the treatment area is stretched taut with one hand to inject the sclerosing agent into the affected veins.
- A cotton ball and compression tape is applied to each area of the leg as it is finished.
- Laser treatment
- Brief intense, emissions of light from the laser are used to remove the superficial blood vessels at precisely controlled levels of penetration.
- The treated area will be covered with an antibiotic ointment to eliminate any surface bacteria and then bandaged