Spider veins are those unsightly bluish-purple veins just beneath the surface of the skin that resemble spider webs. They are also called threat veins and are a form of venous insufficiency. Unlike varicose veins that are usually like ropes on the surface of the skin, spider veins are flat. They are usually harmless and painless, but you may be happier to have them removed. We offer several options of spider vein therapy.
Causes of Spider Veins
Most people with spider veins have a family history of spider veins. Women are more prone to get them than men and older people are also more prone than younger people, although anyone, even infants, can develop them. Pregnancy and obesity are two other causes of spider veins.
Laser treatment may be a good option for smaller spider veins. The laser beam is directed at the spider vein and passes through the surface of the skin to damage the vein and make it close and dry up. No injection is needed, so laser treatment is less invasive than sclerotherapy. It may require a series of laser treatments spaced weeks apart if the spider veins are large.
Light therapy is different than laser therapy because it uses a broad spectrum of light rather than a single wavelength as in laser therapy. It may be effective for small spider veins, vascular birthmarks and certain varicose veins. We may recommend this treatment for people who don’t like needles or for whom laser therapy is not effective.
What to Expect
When you have a consultation with us, your spider veins will be examined and the best course of treatment may be recommended. You may be a good candidate for spider vein therapy if you are bothered by your spider veins. You must be ready to follow our specialist’s instructions in order to get the best results. During your discussion, you will also learn more about the different treatments and get realistic expectations for the outcome. You may be asked about:
• Medications you are taking including prescription, over-the-counter, herbal and dietary supplements
• Drug allergies or a family history of allergies
• Previous surgery or vein treatment in the area
• Other symptoms that may be a sign of deeper vein problems
Get In Touch with Us for More Information
Spider veins can hinder aesthetic and be painful. There is no need to keep your spider veins when there are several effective spider vein therapy options available. To learn more, we warmly invite you to make an appointment with the office of Dr. Michael I. Jacobs. At our convenient location in New York, our caring staff will be happy to answer any questions. Contact us today to set up your consultation!