To learn more about how you can say goodbye to your unsightly spider veins, contact Glamour Plastic Surgery and Med Spa today, and schedule an appointment with Dr. Bachilo for an evaluation.
What are spider veins?
How are spider veins treated?
Which treatment is best?
Many of our patients at Glamour Plastic Surgery and Med Spa express their frustration with threadlike spider veins in the legs or face that cause unsightly distraction from otherwise clear, healthy skin. Dr. Bachilo provides a variety of treatment options for these patients, to eliminate those unsightly veins and restore smooth, clear skin on the legs and thighs, as well as the facial region.
Spider veins are tiny thread-like veins that appear just beneath the surface of your skin and look like spider webs on your legs and/or face. They may be red, blue, or purple in color. Although spider veins are not typically painful, they may become raised to the touch.
Spider veins are the result of circulatory issues in which certain valves interfere with the normal flow of blood through your veins. Under normal circumstances, valves in the circulatory system open to allow blood to pass through, then close to prevent the blood from traveling backward. When any of these valves stop functioning properly, blood may begin to travel backward through the vein. This causes the vein walls to weaken and allows the blood to pool in the vein, forming a dark web of blood that is visible beneath the surface of the skin.
While spider veins don’t require treatment, their appearance is annoying and many patients seek spider vein treatment as a cosmetic procedure. While noninvasive treatments such as wearing support host may offer some relief, chances are this won’t clear up your veins enough to make a dramatic difference in your appearance.
Depending on your condition, Dr. Bachilo may recommend minimally invasive treatments, such as laser treatment, sclerotherapy or she may recommend surgery to more effectively destroy or remove the veins. Spider vein surgery is generally a very simple procedure that uses minimally invasive techniques and requires tiny, inconspicuous incisions.
Another common and widely used treatment for spider veins is sclerotherapy, which involves injecting fluid into the veins with a small needle, but endovenous laser ablation of EVLT is rapidly gaining widespread popularity among both doctors and patients, due to its increased effectiveness and ease of use.
Each treatment has its advantages and disadvantages. Sclerotherapy works better on larger veins, but many patients don’t want to deal with needles and injections. Laser therapy is effective for smaller veins, but may produce loss of skin pigment, making it inappropriate for darker-skinned individuals.
In addition to treating your existing spider veins, Dr. Bachilo will also provide tips and advice to keep you from developing additional spider veins. Spider veins often form when people stand or sit for long periods of time, so you may need to incorporate more exercise into your daily life, as well as eating healthy foods to support vein health. Spider veins may also be the body’s response to carrying excessive weight, so losing weight may help to prevent the formation of new spider veins.
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Frequently Asked Questions
While spider veins are not typically painful or dangerous, they may indicate that there is some trouble brewing in your circulatory system. There are some key signs to watch for if you have spider veins to make sure that they are not signaling a more serious underlying problem, such as a blood clot. If you ever notice that your spider veins feel hot, swollen, or unusually red, you should schedule an appointment for an evaluation. If you experience pain in the leg, or skin discoloration surrounding the vein, you should probably be seen by a doctor to discount the possibility of an underlying blood clot or other problem.
Dr. Bachilo will perform a physical exam to evaluate the condition of your spider veins. If anything looks suspicious, she may refer you to a vascular surgeon who will order an ultrasound to evaluate any hidden problems in your vein. The vascular surgeon may also perform a venogram, which involves a special dye that is injected into the affected vein in order to identify any possible blood clots.
EVLT or endovenous laser ablation therapy is a new, advanced procedure for the treatment of spider veins and small varicose veins. EVLT is a minimally invasive, non-surgical procedure that uses light from a laser fiber beam to cauterize the inside of the varicose vein wall, closing the refluxing vein.
During the procedure, the surgeon makes a tiny incision in the affected vein, then inserts a laser fiber into the vein. The laser delivers heat directly to the vein, causing the vein to collapse.
EVLT treatments typically take less than an hour to perform and leave no scarring or stitches. There is no downtime, so you can go on with your normal daily activities.
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