In Raleigh, you can have sclerotherapy if your spider veins bother you and you’re willing to follow post treatment instructions. What is sclerotherapy? It’s the formal term for spider vein treatment. Spider vein treatment results can vary, so it’s important to have realistic expectations of the procedure.
Spider veins are enlarged and twisted rope-like veins that appear near the surface of the skin. They are similar to varicose veins, but smaller and found closer to the skin’s surface. They take their name from their appearance, which resembles a spider’s web. Usually red or blue in color, they vary in size and can be found in other areas of the body besides the legs, including the face.
A number of factors predispose a person to spider veins. These include:
- Being overweight
- The use of birth control pills
- Conditions that cause increased pressure in the abdomen, such as tumors, constipation, and externally worn garments like girdles
- Hormonal influences of pregnancy, puberty, and menopause
- Any condition that puts more pressure on leg veins – including standing for long periods of time
Spider vein treatment can be done with either an injection or a laser. In either case, the goal is to cause the problematic veins to collapse and shrink from view. It’s important to care for the treated area properly so that it can heal and you are able to obtain the best possible results.
As bad as they may look and feel, varicose veins and spider veins are not usually considered a serious medical problem. However, varicose veins may indicate a critical blockage in deeper veins, a condition called deep vein thrombosis, that can be life threatening. Consequently proper medical evaluation and treatment of varicose veins is important.
At Wake Health Medical Group in Raleigh, we offer laser spider vein treatment in addition to many other services and procedures designed to help you look your best. Call us today at (919) 554-6754 or request a free consultation today!