Spider veins aren’t just unsightly; they’re often linked to issues with vein disorders and require medical attention. It’s important to get treatment for spider veins, as they are often a sign of disorders of larger veins. At Elysium Aesthetics and Vein Care in Paramus, New Jersey, Dr. David Singh regularly diagnoses their underlying causes and provides treatment for these affected blood vessels. To learn more, call or use the online booking tool today to schedule an appointment.
Spider veins, or telangiectasias, are small, dilated blood vessels located near the skin’s surface. They get their name from their appearance, which resembles spider webs. They range from red to blue and, while most often found on the legs, they can also be found in other areas of the body, including the arms and face.
They’re typically not painful and normally don’t pose a major health problem. However, when they do become painful, they’re often associated with disorders of larger leg veins, which makes it critical to treat the visible spider veins and address the underlying, deeper causes.
Veins carry blood from different parts of your body back to your heart. Your leg muscles squeeze to send blood back to your heart against the push of gravity. Veins in your body contain valves that ensure blood flow moves in one direction and doesn’t accumulate or flow backward.
If you have faulty, damaged, or weak valves in your veins, blood can build up and cause enlarged veins that appear as spider veins on your skin and cause pain.
Some factors that can increase your risk of developing spider veins include:
Sclerotherapy is the most common treatment for spider veins on your legs.
During this treatment, Dr. Singh injects sclerosant — a mild, FDA approved, chemical solution — into the problem veins to cause them to close. Your body absorbs these damaged vessels and re-routes the blood through other healthier vessels back to the heart.
The number of injections you need varies and depends on the number of affected veins. A single session can involve multiple injections.
Dr. Singh also places a special light against your skin to illuminate other underlying veins, which allows him to target hidden veins.
The results of visual sclerotherapy are often seen immediately. You may need to wear compression stockings after your treatment to improve blood flow and achieve optimal, long-term results.
If you have spider veins and want to learn more about treatment options, call or use the online booking tool today to schedule an appointment.