What Are the Best Ways to Treat Spider Veins?
Treating spider veins is simple and safe, providing you choose a board certified vein doctor. No treatment should begin without a physical exam and evaluation of your symptoms. Some vein centers on Long Island offer cosmetic treatments, but those don’t address issues like chronic venous insufficiency. If you just treat the spider vein without treating the leaky valve, more veins will form. Our vein doctors in Long Island make sure your spider veins are really gone, by eliminating the actual problem.
Often considered the treatment of choice for small spider veins, sclerotherapy uses either liquid, foam, or premixed foam irritants to destroy unhealthy veins. The medicine is injected into individual vessels and is one of the simplest solutions for spider veins.
Vein specialists use thermal energy to heat the spider vein’s walls, creating scar tissue that seals the vein shut. It’s a quick and gentle procedure, with a numbing solution on the skin and tumescent anesthesia surrounding the vein. It causes less pain and bruising than other types of ablation like EVLT.
Easier and safer than vein surgery, EVLT uses lasers to treat both venous insufficiency and spider veins. Since this procedure doesn’t require general anesthesia, patients don’t have to deal with the hospitalization and downtime associated with surgery.
Laser therapy at the skin’s surface is aimed solely at the visibility of spider veins. It’s most suited to the smallest veins and often is paired with sclerotherapy for flawless results. Lasers aren’t advised for those with sensitive skin, nor do they treat diseases like venous insufficiency.
Like most health conditions, exercise is helpful for preventing spider veins. When you’re active, the muscles in your legs contract to push blood up toward the heart. If you already have spider veins, avoid sitting or standing for too long, and practice regular exercise. Aim for 30 minutes a day, and if you can, squeeze that exercise in between periods of sitting or standing to help your circulation. When you’re at rest, prop your legs above your heart level to reduce swelling and help blood travel in the right direction. Like compression stockings, exercise won’t get rid of the spider veins you have, but it will lessen symptoms and improve your circulation.
Support stockings might improve symptoms like swelling, since they apply steady pressure that helps your circulation. However, you need a proper fitting in order for them to work. The doctors at Long Island Vein Centers can measure you for the right pair. Keep in mind that compression stockings are only to manage symptoms and potentially prevent more spider veins from forming. They won’t eliminate existing spider veins or the disease that often causes them. Only a vein specialist can do that.