Spider veins (telangiectasias) are small red, blue, or purple vessels that branch out in web-like formations. While spider veins are extremely common and benign, many people want to remove them for cosmetic reasons. If you want to achieve clearer legs by summer, read on to learn about two highly effective telangiectasia treatments.
Removing Spider Veins With Sclerotherapy
Sclerotherapy is one of the most popular spider vein removal techniques for good reason. During this treatment, your provider will use a needle to inject visible leg veins with a sclerosing agent. This collapses the vessel and forces it to close off, redirecting the blood flow to healthier veins. Over the next three to six weeks, the collapsed veins will fade, leaving you with clearer legs. Large varicose veins may take up to three to four months to resolve.
This treatment generally takes just 15 to 30 minutes to perform, and discomfort is usually limited to mild stinging or cramping at the injection site. Many patients return to normal activities the same day, though you may experience bruising and want to avoid strenuous exercise for a few days after your treatment. Most patients see their desired results within two to four treatments, though some are happy with the amount of fading after a single sclerotherapy session.
Laser Spider Vein Removal
Spider vein laser therapy is another effective removal option. During this treatment, laser energy targets the pigment in your visible veins to heat and close the vessel. This feels similar to a rubber band snapping against the skin. Laser therapy is considered the treatment of choice for facial spider veins, which are common in those with rosacea. However, if you’re not a fan of needles, this treatment could be a good alternative to sclerotherapy for leg veins.
Spider veins treated with laser therapy tend to fade in about two to six weeks. This treatment typically has no downtime, but you may experience mild swelling or discomfort. You should also keep the treated area out of the sun while you heal. Like sclerotherapy, it can take a few laser sessions to see your desired results.
Schedule Your Spider Vein Removal Appointment
Feeling self-conscious about spider veins shouldn’t hold you back from a trip to the beach, a swim at the pool, or being comfortable in shorts this summer. If you’re unhappy with visible leg veins, call 954-961-1200 to book a spider vein removal appointment at Hollywood Dermatology & Cosmetic Specialists. We have five convenient locations in Hollywood, Pembroke Pines, Hallandale, Miramar, and Doral, Florida.