How Are Spider Veins Treated?
Spider veins are small, thin veins that develop in the outer layer of skin between the dermis and the epidermis. Since these veins are close to the exterior of the skin, this makes them quite visible. Spider veins tend to become more noticeable with age and may be red or purple in color. Fortunately, spider veins can be treated so they are no longer visible. These are some of the ways spider veins are treated.
This is one of the most popular types of treatment for spider veins. Sclerotherapy involves having a solution injected into the spider vein that irritates it and causes it to break down. Then, scar tissue develops and blood no longer flows through the vein. Without blood flow throughout the vein, the vein cannot be seen through the skin.
Laser treatments are another way to get rid of spider veins. This treatment is done by both vein surgeons and some dermatologists as well. A handheld laser machine is used to emit lasers onto small spider veins which makes them contract and scar. The scar tissue prevents blood flow through the veins, thus making them invisible through the skin.
Medical Glue Treatments
Medical glue is normally used when people have surgery or have a cut in the skin that needs to be sealed back together. However, medical glue, also known as cyanoacrylate glue, can be injected into spider veins to make them invisible. The glue is injected, the doctor waits to allow the glue to dry and harden and then they move on to the next vein that needs to be treated. The medical glue seals the vein just like it would seal skin and blood cannot pass through.
Spider veins usually occur because the blood is not flowing sufficiently through the blood vessels to the heart. This may be due to an issue with a heart valve that should open to receive the blood but instead closes too quickly so that some blood falls back down into the veins. However, spider veins can also develop if a person sits or stands for long hours every day, is carrying extra weight around the midsection, or if spider veins are just a part of their genetics. For most people, getting spider veins goes along with aging and does not cause any concern other than being a bit unattractive. Having spider veins treated is considered cosmetic by many health care plans and may or may not be covered by insurance.
Reach out to a professional to discuss spider vein treatments.