Although they’re usually not dangerous or associated with any symptoms, spider veins are a real eye sore. They can really dent your self-confidence and make you want to cover your body up at all times. So naturally as soon as you spot them, your thoughts will drift towards one question – how do I get rid of them?
What’s the Difference Between Treating Spider Veins & Varicose Veins?
Because varicose veins are usually much bigger, and potentially much more dangerous than spider veins, more invasive treatments are usually needed. Because spider veins only cause cosmetic visual issues, surgery should rarely be required. However when it comes to the actual treatment methods, there aren’t always that many differences.
Read about the treatment methods for varicose veins here. However because spider veins are much smaller, going under the knife isn’t really a good option. It may be a good idea to seek a second opinion if a doctor or medical professional recommend expensive, and risky, surgery for spider veins!
The most popular, and arguably most effective two methods of treating spider veins are sclerotherapy and laser treatment.
You should also read about some of the natural treatments for varicose veins, because again they can be applied to spider veins.
Sclerotherapy is a tried and tested technique which works. Essentially it’s an injection into the vein which, over time, causes it to disappear. The treatment is also used to treat varicose veins, however the whole process should be much easier. This is because the veins will be located much closer to the surface of the skin.
Lasers probably are the best, and least invasive, method for treating spider veins. Treating varicose veins with lasers, there are two general sorts of treatment. One which it’s necessary to break the skin, and one which it isn’t. Luckily when it comes to spider vein treatment the method which doesn’t break the skin is predominantly used.
Lasers can target certain parts of the body by using a different frequency or type. Once they have targeted the body part they deliver heat. While when externally this doesn’t have the power to destroy large varicose veins, it can help with the smaller spider veins. The laser heats up the vein and destroys it. The vein will then, over time, be absorbed back into the body. If done properly this should cause zero damage to the surrounding skin and tissue.
A few treatments may be needed (usually 2-6) but after they’ve been performed any spider veins should be substantially reduced. Although you’re not guarantee to never get them again. We’ve looked at the cost of laser treatments in the article here.
What About Creams, Drugs & Other Treatments?
These two methods are certainly effective. If performed by a properly qualified specialist they’re very likely to remove your spider veins. Compression stockings are also available but they don’t always act as a cure. They however can work well as a preventative treatment. While drugs creams or other remedies may reduce the appearance of the veins, they don’t actually remove them completely so don’t count as a permanent cure. The best they’re likely to do is temporarily alleviate any swelling.