Dilated blood vessels on the legs, so-called spider veins, are often a nuisance to those affected.
At derma competence center, dermatologist Dr. Schnitzler can gently remove these with lasting results.
Either sclerotherapy or a vascular laser is used to treat spider veins
Table of contents
- What are spider veins?
- How can spider veins develop?
- What should you watch out for with pronounced spider veins?
- How are spider veins best treated?
- What side effects can laser and sclerotherapy have?
- What should be considered after spider vein treatment?
- Facts on spider vein removal
1. What are spider veins?
Spider veins are fine veins that can be seen through the skin. They typically appear on the legs of women but affect many men as well. Spider veins often accumulate on the lower legs as well as on the thighs.
The small veins are clearly visible under the skin and lessen the overall impression of attractive legs.
2. How can spider veins develop?
These tiny skin veins are dilated blood vessels that are reddish or bluish in color which become visible at the skin’s surface due to excessive blood pools. They can also develop when the valves in the small veins that help transport blood back to the heart stop working properly.
The blood backs up in the existing skin veins, which then expand and become visible under the surface of the skin as spider veins.
The cause, among others, can be hereditary vein weakness, excessive standing or sitting, or poor blood circulation due to a lack of exercise. Spider veins are by no means “broken veins”, as is sometimes assumed.
3. What should you watch out for with pronounced spider veins?
If the spider veins are very pronounced, the deeper veins should be examined to rule out a backflow of blood to the heart.
If such enlargements (varicose veins) are excluded, there are various methods of successfully treating spider veins.Book an appointment
4. How are spider veins best treated?
If the spider veins are very pronounced, the deeper veins should be examined to rule out a backflow of blood to the heart. If such enlargements (varicose veins) are excluded, there are various methods to successfully treat spider veins.
5. What side effects can Laser and Sclerotherapy have?
Like sclerotherapy, laser therapy is not painless. Minor burning or stinging sensations arise directly during the treatment. This however is minimal and well tolerated.
After sclerotherapy, the veins often appear dark blue due to bruising and clotted blood.
Afterwards there is no more pain.
Occasionally, after spider vein therapy discoloration or brown spots may form on the skin. The discoloration does break down eventually, but the length of time for this varies.
A supplemental laser therapy can also be used to accelerate the disappearance of these spots.
6. What should be considered after spider vein treatment?
After sclerotherapy or after laser therapy, patients should wear compression stockings for a few days or even weeks. Compression socks or stocking recommended for long air travel are of sufficient strength and suitable for this purpose.
With both methods, however, sun and UV rays should be avoided afterwards.
7. Facts on spider vein removal
- Spider veins are harmless, however regarded as unsightly
- For pronounced spider veins, a vein examination should first be conducted
- Spider veins can be easily sclerosed or treated with laser
- Following spider vein treatment, compression stocking must be worn, and UV rays must be strictly avoided.