How Can I Get Rid of My Spider Veins?

How Can I Get Rid of My Spider Veins, spider veins treatment

With summer on its way, you’re probably looking forward to shedding your winter layers. Unless, of course, you’re among those who don’t want spider veins on your skin to show. When you have visible spider veins, worries over their appearance can overshadow the joys of spring and the approach of warmer weather.

From a health perspective, spider veins are usually harmless, though they can sometimes cause an aching or burning sensation when you’ve been on your feet all day. From an appearance perspective, however, these fine, red lines or networks of visible red or purple blood vessels that resemble spiderwebs can be anything but harmless.

Causes of spider veins

Spider veins mostly appear on the legs and the face, and there’s usually a different cause for each area. Facial spider veins generally come from sun exposure damaging the blood vessels close to the skin’s surface, or through blood vessels that burst due to pressure.

Spider veins in the legs usually occur due to circulatory problems. Your veins carry blood back to your heart to be reoxygenated. As blood pumps through the veins, valve keep the blood moving forward, rather than allowing it to go backward, even as it must defy gravity to return to your heart and lungs.

If these valves become damaged, they’re not as efficient at preventing blood from going in the wrong direction, and this can cause blood vessels to overfill with blood and branch off. This condition is called venous insufficiency, and it’s the same cause of another disorder of the veins: varicose veins.

Venous insufficiency leading to spider veins tends to run in families, so if one or both of your parents suffered from spider veins on their legs, chances are that you will, too. Other contributory factors are childbearing, being overweight and sitting or standing for extended periods of time.

Tackling spider veins

If you have uncomfortable symptoms, or if you’re concerned with the appearance of your spider veins and would like to get rid of them, there are very effective treatments available.

Dr. Richard J. Dittrich is highly experienced in treating spider veins using laser therapy. Laser treatment is suitable for veins that are smaller than 3mm and close to the surface of your skin. Provided that you’re not pregnant and don’t have a history of blood clots, there should be no reason you aren’t a candidate for the procedure.3

What to expect from the procedure

Dr. Dittrich uses a handheld probe to send concentrated bursts of light energy into your skin, targeting the veins and causing them to fade and disappear. The therapy is noninvasive — no needles or scalpels will break your skin. You can be awake during the procedure.

The laser treatment is usually associated with little to no discomfort, and there is very little downtime afterward. You can expect some temporary redness, swelling, bruising and itching as a result of the procedure, but you should be able to continue with your daily life without trouble.

If your treatment has taken place on your legs, Dr. Dittrich recommends you wear compression stockings for a few weeks to keep the blood vessels closed and to reduce the bruising.

Take a step toward reclaiming your summer wardrobe

If you find you’re shying away from shorts, or covering your face with more and more makeup to hide your spider veins, make an appointment for a consultation about laser therapy with Dr. Dittrich at your most convenient location — either Philadelphia or Voorhees, New Jersey, using our online booking service.

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