Spider veins and other types of leg veins can be a struggle and are much more common than you may think. Not just seen on mature people, you can sometimes see leg veins in people as young as their 30s. They can be painful and unsightly, so if you have spider veins, you may not want to wear your favorite shorts, skirts, or even a swimsuit once the weather heats up.
However, there is hope, and if you start treatment now, you may be ready to wear your favorite clothes this summer. The dermatologists at Southeast Dermatology Specialists are here to provide the ideal spider vein treatment for you.
Spider veins are small veins, usually red in color. They are flat, but sometimes can be raised a little off of the skin. Spider veins typically affect those who stand or walk for long periods of time. They can also be caused by trauma to the legs, several different medical conditions, and genetics. If someone in your immediate family has spider veins, you will likely get them yourself, especially if you’re often on your feet. Luckily, as soon as you see this happening, you can make a plan with your dermatologist to determine how to treat them. You’ll want to start with an examination to decide the next steps for your spider vein removal.
There are several spider vein treatment options. The first option your dermatologist will likely recommend is medical compression socks. These can help additional veins from appearing and some of the symptoms of existing veins, like leg swelling. They should be worn from the time you get dressed in the morning until you go to bed at night.
Sclerotherapy for spider veins is another method of reducing the appearance of leg veins and it can be more effective than compression socks, especially for stubborn veins. It is slightly invasive as it involves the injection of a solution into the vein. The appearance of the vein is typically gone within a few weeks, but some may require multiple treatments. Sclerotherapy for spider veins also reduces the aching, swelling, and burning associated with the veins.
And finally, there is laser treatment for spider veins. The laser can actually destroy the vein completely but won’t harm your skin. You should expect a burning sensation, but it’s typically not a very painful treatment. Small veins should dissipate easily after one treatment. Larger or darker veins may need multiple treatments and can show for weeks to a few months after, but they won't reappear once they're gone. This is why it’s best to start treatment before you want to show off your legs.
If you’re ready to start a spider vein treatment before short and swimsuit season, now is the perfect time to do so. The dermatologists at Southeast Dermatology Specialists are here to help you decide which treatment is best for you and answer any questions you may have along the way. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and get started on your spider vein removal journey.