Q: What are spider veins?
A: Spider veins, commonly found on the face and legs, are caused by the dilation of a small group of blood vessels near the skin’s surface. They often look like red or purple sunbursts or web patterns.
Q: What are varicose veins?
A: Varicose veins are caused by swollen or enlarged blood vessels. The blood vessels have enlarged due to a weakening in the vein’s wall or valves. Located deeper in the skin than spider veins, they may appear raised and are often blue.
Q: How can spider and varicose veins be treated?
A: Specific treatment for spider and smaller varicose veins will be determined by your therapeut based on:
your age, overall health, and medical history
extent of the condition
your tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies
expectations for the course of the condition
your opinion or preference
Treatment may include:
· Electrocoagulation, YAG-laser or IPL therapy
· Abnormal veins are destroyed by RF, high-intensity laser beams or intense pulsating light.
Q: Possible complications associated with vein removal?
A: Possible complications associated with the treatment of spider or varicose veins may include pigmentation changes near the treated area may appear, and may take several months (or even up to a year) to fade.