Spider Veins and Varicose Veins

While a good number of the populace may find cosmetics blemishes so unpleasant and makes them feel so embarrassed and self-conscious, others find that they can live with the problem quite easily. This set of people feel no need to get rid of them. Although this condition can affect just about anyone, however, it seems to be a problem that more women are faced with than men. Be it as it may seem, there’s a need to get yourself rid of spider veins or varicose veins.

The first step in determining the appropriate course of treatment is identifying the problem and diagnosing the condition. But before the treatment proper, there are certain things that you should know about this particular skin disorder. Here are all you need to know about visible skin; Spider and Varicose veins and how to go about with the treatment.

What Are Spider Veins?

Spider veins enlarged capillaries that are most commonly found on the legs. They are formed by the clusters of blood vessels that develop very close to the surface of the skin. These clusters are usually found on the legs and face but can be found all over the body. This spider-web like mass of veins is visible in different colors, red, blue, or purple. One fact about the spider veins is that they common in men and women and usually increase with age. They are not really painful and pose no harm, but can be itchy. If scratched too often, they can cause pain.

What Are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are similar to Spider veins. They result from the abnormal enlargement of the veins most pronounced in the legs. These bulging, colorful, and sometimes spidery formations and capillaries are often caused by damaged veins filled with backed-up blood. This condition can be painful and itchy, and scratching them may never be what you will like to do. Basically, they are blue, purple, or skin-colored, and occur slightly above the surface of the skin.

Causes Of Varicose And Spider Veins

The most notable cause of spider or varicose vein complication are;

  • Heredity
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Aging, puberty, and menopause
  • Occupation
  • Use of birth control pills
  • Postmenopausal hormonal replacement


The most common symptoms of varicose and spider veins include tiredness, restlessness, burning, throbbing, tingling, or heaviness in the legs. Other symptomsare largely dependent on the patient.

Treatment Of Varicose And Spider Veins

Both varicose and spider veins take tons of work, trying to hide them from public view. Besides that, the itchy and slight pains that come with varicose veins can cause a great deal of discomfort to anyone. To this end, opting to remove or treat most people have embraced them.  A certified Vein Specialist in Manhattan, with vast experience in effectively tackling all skin disorders, is always at your service.

Most times, the most common way of tackling varicose and spider veins is by getting to collapse these bulging veins. This can be achieved via the closing of the veins. Hey, you need not be alarmed because of this, it is just a superficial vein, another vein will take up the job of circulation.


One of the most common methods used by most vein specialist for varicose or spider veins is Sclerotherapy. This procedure involves a dermatologist, vein specialist, or any certified personnel, injecting an irritant directly into the affected vein. This irritant channeled directly into the problematic vein can be a foamy detergent or concentrated saltwater solution. It irritates the walls of the blood vessel, leading to the formation of scar tissue and, ultimately, closure of the blood vessel. This visible skin treatment procedure has proven to mitigate swelling and lead to shrinkage of affected veins with time.

Quite likened to this method is the closure system. However, in the closure system, the substance injected is sticky and acts to close the vein, preventing the flow of blood.

Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT)

The Endovenous Laser Therapy is quite popular in the treatment of varicose veins. This process involves the use of laser light. Laser light is emitted via a thin fiber inserted into the affected vein. This light marks a reversal of the whole process that lead to vein swell up. With this effectively done, the process cuts off the flow of blood to the abnormal veins and causes the veins to contract. Aside from restoring normalcy to your skin appearance, the EVLT method works wonders in several unpleasant conditions, such as decreasing pain and swelling in your legs.

Although the whole EVLT procedure can make you feel so unease, you can take solace that this will only take a matter of minutes before you will be through with the treatment. Our services are also working on innovative ways to help ease you of all discomfort.

Laser Treatment

Laser therapy is quite famous for effectively treating spider veins and varicose veins of a smaller range. This procedure deals with the use of laser beams that heats and damages the affected blood vessel. The laser is quite strong, so if you’re opting for this method, do ensure that the most experienced professionals do it. Laser lights cause the vein to clot and dry up; however, some of its side effects include skin discoloration, blisters, and minor redness or swelling around the treated area.

Vein Surgery

In most severe cases, surgery can be the only antidote. Numerous surgical procedures can be used to tackle this. Your physician is in the best place to select which that can work best with you; this must have been after due consultations with you. Some of the surgical methods include vein ligation and stripping. One fact you should understand is that surgical treatmentsare very efficient in handling varicose veins; however, this same process cannot be replicated for spider veins due to its small nature.

Support Stockings

Support stockings are very accessible to all, as they can be obtained from most pharmaceuticals. Also called compression stockings, they add pressure to the legs and improve circulation.

Regardless of the visible skin you have, spider veins, or varicose veins, the Vein Specialist in Manhattan is always there to give you the best personalized treatment experience that will see your skin back to normal in no time.


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