It’s not vain at all to want to get rid of unsightly spider veins, which cause the legs, arms, and face to look much older. Many patients avoid wearing shorts and short sleeves because they’re so embarrassed by how spider veins make their limbs look. This doesn’t have to be you—see vascular surgeon Dr. Norman Bein at Vein Specialties in St. Louis, MO, to find out about spider vein treatment options.
Spider Veins: Causes
These are typically a cosmetic problem but in some cases, they could be an indication of a deeper problem. Here are some of the possible causes:
- Inherited – typically from a parent or they run in a family.
- Hormonal changes such as pregnancy, birth control pills or hormonal replacement may increase spider veins.
- Underlying pressure from “feeder” veins
Spider Vein Treatment
For the best results from spider vein treatments see Dr. Bein and Maria Bein RN at Vein Specialties for a comprehensive consultation which is complimentary for cosmetic procedures. First, trans-illumination (a skin penetrating light) and ultrasound will diagnose the issue. A treatment called sclerotherapy may be the next step. It requires the injection of Sodium Tetradecyl Sulphate (Sotradecol) or Polidochanol (Asclera) solutions that reduce the appearance of the veins. Expect to visit your doctor for three to five sessions, about once per month. Laser therapy also helps treat small spider veins close to the skin’s surface. Laser therapy is effective for very fine surface veins on fair people but usually combined with some sclerotherapy injections. It is especially effective on blue and fine red facial veins.
Clearer, More Attractive Skin
Spider veins significantly affect the aesthetic appearance of your legs, arms, and ankles, aging them and causing them to look discolored or injured. When they appear on the face, they are much more difficult to hide. Once you have your spider veins treated, there’s no more need for layers of facial concealer. You can get back to showing off your legs on the beach and wearing your favorite shorts and dresses.
See a Vein Specialist
Dr. Norman Bein is a vascular surgeon who understands your desire to have beautiful, smooth, younger-looking skin that’s free from spider veins. Call his St. Louis, MO, office at (314) 993-8233 to schedule an appointment.