About Spider Vein Treatment
Spider Vein Treatment, also known as sclerotherapy and laser vein treatment.
Spider veins (not to be confused with varicose veins) are small, stretched or dilated blood vessels that have a branching pattern. These can develop pretty much anywhere on the body but are most commonly found on the thighs, legs and face. When spider veins develop on the face, they are usually found on and around the nose, cheeks and chin. Spider veins in the legs generally develop around the ankles and knees and on the upper thighs. Spider veins tend to get worse the longer you have them, gradually increasing in size and number with age. Laser vein treatments and sclerotherapy can erase these from the skin.
How is it performed?
Spider veins can be treated with sclerotherapy or with lasers. The complete removal will not often be complete after a single treatment as multiple treatments are usually required for optimal results.
Sclerotherapy is an effective treatment for medium-sized blood vessels (greater than 3mm in diameter). Your surgeon will inject your spider veins with a ‘sclerosing solution’, which causes them to shrink, turn much paler in color and gradually disappear. There is very little to no discomfort during treatment and you will not need to put aside time to recover. Pregnant women or those with a history of blood clots are not suitable for this type of procedure.
- Laser vein treatment
Laser vein treatments are used for smaller blood vessels typically found in the face. Your practitioner will ask you to wear protective eye glasses while they pass a specialized laser over the treatment area. The laser light is absorbed by your blood, causing it to coagulate and break down, to be reabsorbed into the body. Laser vein treatments may leave some minor bruising or blistering and the skin around the treatment area may appear redder than normal. These side effects will subside over the next couple of weeks. There is next-to-no downtime for these treatments but you will need to take care to protect the treatment area.
What result can I expect?
Not all your spider veins will be responsive to the first treatment, so several sessions are often required to have maximum effect. You should remember that spider veins are progressive, so they will return over time, and you will require extra procedures to maintain your look. For your personal safety and beauty, it is important that you return to your surgeon for check-ups regularly.
- Sclerotherapy and laser therapy are both proven, safe treatments that are easy on the body
- There is no recovery time necessary
- Not all the veins will be reduced in the first session, so you will require more treatments
- You may have to wear compression stockings to prevent the veins returning
- There will be some minor bruising in the treatment area and occasionally scarring can occur
Spider vein treatments are almost completely non-invasive and so you will not need to make time for your recovery. Most patients are able to return to their normal level of activity immediately after treatment. Your practitioner will provide you with information on how to maintain your results and how to look for any signs of complications down the line. You will notice a drastic reduction in your spider veins. Sclerotherapy can permanently remove up to 70% of them in the first procedure.
Not all veins will have disappeared after your first ablative laser treatment, some may take up to several treatments before they are gone completely. There is very little to no discomfort during treatment and you will not need to put aside time to recover. You may have some temporary skin reddening, discolouration, bruising and blisters. These will subside over the next few weeks, but if you are unsure, you should contact your surgeon to find out if your pain or any skin conditions is normal or a sign of a problem.
Limits & Risks
There are almost never any significant complications during treatments of spider veins. If you face any specific risks, your surgeon will discuss these with you during the consultation.