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Choosing the Right Spider Vein Treatment

February 16, 2016 • the kimmel institute • spider veins

Are you suffering from spider veins? If so, effective treatment is available. However, because more than one type of treatment can be used to improve your condition, you may wonder which spider vein treatment is best for you. Below is some basic information to help you make the right choice.

Spider Vein Basics

Spider veins are small abnormal veins that are usually blue or red in color. They appear close to the surface of the skin, and they tend to form web-like formations. You may find spider veins in a variety of locations on the body, but they are most common on the face and legs. Unlike varicose veins, spider veins are unlikely to cause any physical discomfort.

Treating Spider Veins

If you are suffering from spider veins, you may benefit from either sclerotherapy or laser treatment. Sclerotherapy treats spider veins by introducing a special sclerosing medication into each vein. This chemical is injected directly into each vein with a thin needle. Once the chemical is inside the vein, it will irritate the walls. The vein’s walls will stick together, and blood flow within the vein will stop. Over time, the vein will fade from view. Laser therapy treats spider veins by bombarding them with laser energy. This energy forces them to collapse and disappear.

Choosing the Right Spider Vein Treatment

Some patients may benefit more from one type of spider vein treatment than the other. In addition, some patients may benefit most when both types of treatment are used in combination with one another. The best way to find out which treatment option is best for you is to consult an experienced vein specialist. A vein specialist will be able to examine your spider veins, review your medical history and recommend the course of treatment that is most likely to improve your condition. If you are ready to start exploring your spider vein treatment options, contact the Kimmel Institute today to make an appointment with a vein specialist.  

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