Even if you're not a medical professional, if you've developed thin, winding areas of discoloration on your legs, you probably recognize them as spider veins. This common cosmetic issue is seen daily at Vein Specialties in St. Louis. We've compiled information about spider veins and their treatment here.
What are spider veins?
When tiny blood vessels called capillaries, which are near the surface of the skin, become enlarged, the result is a cluster of thin blue, purple, or red-colored lines that resemble a spider's web. This is most likely to happen on the legs, particularly behind the knees. Although they are not typically dangerous to your health, many people don't like the way they look, which is why they choose to visist Vein Specialties in St. Louis for spider vein treatment. At this point, one of our medical staff members will assess your condition and suggest one of two treatment options: sclerotherapy or topical laser treatment.
What is sclerotherapy?
Using a tiny needle, one of our certified medical staff members will target the spider veins with a sclerosing solution, which acts as an irritant to the vein and causes it to shrink and gradually disappear. This is an FDA approved method of spider vein treatment, and our St. Louis medical staff is well-trained in administering it. After the treatment, your legs may be wrapped in compression tape. It can take over a month before the final results are visible. At that point, you and your St. Louis vein specialist will determine if you need another treatment.
What is a topical laser treatment?
Laser therapy at Vein Specialties in St. Louis involves targeting the spider veins using a laser that is programmed to focus on the coloration of the veins rather than the lighter-colored skin around it. The heat from the laser effectively destroys the veins, causing them to collapse in the same way as sclerotherapy. Your vein specialist in St. Louis usually recommends laser treatment for those who have mild spider veins; people with more advanced cases may respond better to sclerotherapy.
If you have spider veins and are ready to change your appearance for the better, contact Vein Specialties in St. Louis and set up a consultation today!