Although spider veins resemble varicose veins, they are relatively smaller. Spider veins appear like a spider’s web or tree branches and are closer to your skin’s surface. The condition mainly attacks visible parts of your body, such as your lips, nose, cheeks, face, legs, and fingers. If you have spider veins New York, there is a high chance you will find them unattractive, and sometimes they may cause pain and discomfort. Also, the condition may lead to a severe health issue like Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia, characterized by the development of threadlike blood vessels on vital organs, including the liver.
The appearance of spider veins on a vital organ like the liver can lead to severe bleeding that threatens your life. Therefore, when you notice signs of spider veins, you should immediately seek treatment from a specialist. Apart from the threadlike patterns or marks on the skin, other symptoms you may have include pain, itching, breathing difficulty, and small strokes.
Diagnosis of spider veins
Your health provider has the training and experience to distinguish between a spider and varicose veins.
Because spider veins are visible at the skin’s outer surface, your vein specialist can easily diagnose them via physical examination. Your doctor will look at different areas of your body, such as your face, chest, and legs, that may have spider veins.
Spider veins usually form threadlike red, purple, or pink patterns on lines on the surface of your skin.
Treatment for spider veins
Generally, it is possible to treat your spider veins and underlying causes. Your vein specialist can eliminate the unsightly appearance of spider veins and relieve pain and discomfort.
Your vein specialist may recommend various nonsurgical treatment options, such as sclerotherapy and laser therapy.
During laser therapy, your vein specialist exposes the area affected by spider veins to a controlled, intense beam of light. Laser treatments destroy spider veins without interfering with the function of your skin.
If you have minor spider veins, they may disappear immediately after laser therapy. However, more pronounced spider veins may take a few months before disappearing, and you may need a few or several laser therapy sessions to treat your venous disorder effectively.
Sclerotherapy involves injecting a chemical into the spider veins on different sections of your body, including your legs. The treatment works by causing the vein’s walls to come together, making it difficult for blood to pass. Blood is then forced to move through healthy veins. With time, the spider veins seal completely and become absorbed by the body. The areas injected may receive some moderate massage.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, another minimally invasive procedure available is endovenous laser ablation therapy. Like radiofrequency ablation, that treatment procedure involves making tiny incisions in the areas affected by spider veins and then inserting a device that causes the heating up of veins. As a result, there is collapsing and complete sealing of spider veins.
Your vein specialist may also request that you observe certain self-care tips that improve blood circulation in your veins. You may need to keep your legs elevated, avoid sitting or standing for long and perform moderate exercises.
Contact Upper East Side Cardiology today to schedule an appointment and learn more about the treatment options available for spider veins.