People talk about spider veins but many people don’t know what it is and more importantly if it is treatable. The US department of Health and Human Services has come out with a updated varicose vein and spider veins fact sheet. If you are suffering from small blue or red visible blood vessels on your face or body then you may have a condition called telangiectasias, which is also known as spider veins. They are called spider veins because they appear like spiderwebs or tree branches on your body. Spider veins have been attributed to the backup of blood in veins, injuries, hormonal changes, or even exposure to sun. The good news is that spider veins are not dangerous to your health but they have been known to cause discomfort in the legs.

There are a few options for the treatment of spider veins. The most common therapy is known as Sclerotherapy. In this procedure, the doctor injects a chemical into the veins that causes the wall of the vein collapse and seal shut, which stops the flow of blood. When blood flow is stopped in a vein it then turns into scar tissue, and eventually starts fading away. Fortunately, this requires procedure requires no anesthesia, and you can resume your normal activity level right after the therapy. Your skin may become red, and bruised up after procedure. Sometimes brown spots, brown lines, or red fine lines may also appear.

Another treatment is called surface laser treatment. This procedure shines bursts of lights onto the spider veins causing the veins to fade away. Multiple treatments are needed for to fully remove the spider veins. There are also complications that can arise out of both procedures so please talk to your doctor about the pros and cons of each procedure. Sometimes redness and tightness happen after the procedure. Also there might be a chance for your skin to become temporarily discolored and this could last up to 2 months.

At WG Miles offices, we help people in Washington, DC, Virginia and Maryland learn about spider veins and provide expert cosmetic surgery care. Contact our spider vein experts at 202-236-4046.