Spider veins are a network of branched, red, blue or purple capillaries that appear close to the surface of the skin and resemble a spider’s web. They can occur anywhere on the body, but often appear on the face, hands or legs. Spider veins in the legs can cause swelling, pain, and appear unsightly. Although there are many causes that may contribute to spider veins, many people who suffer from spider veins spend their workdays sitting or standing for long periods of time in an office.
Spider veins can occur in the legs when the valves inside the veins stop working properly. When valves weaken or become damaged, blood can begin to pool inside the vein. Over time, the pressure can cause veins that branch out, resulting in spider veins.
Veins in the legs have to work harder pumping blood back up toward the heart when a person remains in the same position for prolonged time periods. However, moving around more is one of the easiest, most effective ways to help prevent spider veins in legs. Legs in motion have improved circulation. Breaking up hours of sitting or standing with even short periods of movement is helpful, and activity can be increased in small ways such as parking a little further away, going for a brief walk at lunch, or taking the stairs instead of the elevator.
Increasing activity can affect how well the veins function, work and repair. Facial spider veins can also be affected by added movement since it can improve vein, skin and overall health. In fact, sometimes broken capillaries on the face are a result of stress, which can be reduced through frequent breaks with more activity.
However, once they appear, the best treatment for spider veins lies in leading-edge laser technology. Laser treatment for unsightly spider veins now provides a highly effective, non-surgical option. This spider veins treatment called sclerotherapy reduces their appearance and heals the surrounding tissues to prevent further damage.
Vein sclerotherapy can be performed in a vein specialist’s office and can provide relief from spider veins. This vein treatment not only minimizes their unsightly appearance, but can also provide relief from tired, aching, cramping, and restless legs.
Studies have shown this safe, effective treatment can eliminate as many as 50–80% of treated veins after just a few sessions. Sclerotherapy sessions are typically completed within 20 minutes per leg, require no hospitalization or surgery center, and most people can resume their daily activities immediately after treatment. Additionally, most major health insurance carriers provide coverage for the treatment of vein disease and venous insufficiency when medically necessary.
If you would like more information regarding laser treatment for spider veins, please contact the Goldman Vein Institute today at one of our two convenient locations:
Jupiter 561-625-9853 or Wellington 561-790-4550 or visit us at www.goldmanveininstitute.com.
At the Goldman Vein Institute, our mission is to provide our patients with comprehensive care for varicose veins, spider veins, and other conditions caused by venous insufficiency. Our highly-qualified and experienced, board-certified vein specialists, Dr. Goldman and Dr. Varghese-Goldman, combine their extensive knowledge and experience, with the latest innovations in vein treatments.
With our offices in Jupiter and Wellington Florida, the Goldman Vein Institute serves patients from Stuart, Hobe Sound, Tequesta, Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, North Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, Loxahatchee, Royal Palm Beach, Wellington, Hialeah, Sunny Isles, Bay Harbor, Bal Harbour, Miami Beach, Aventura, Surfside, Hallandale, and Hollywood, and we welcome patients across South Florida to visit our state-of-the-art vein centers, where we provide the latest in vein treatment technology.