Varicose and spider veins affect many men and women middle aged and older. Varicose veins are large, bulging veins, while spider veins are smaller, twisty veins in deep colors that stand out against the skin. These veins can occur for a variety of reasons, including genetics, pregnancy, and jobs that require a lot of standing, such as teachers or nurses. The most popular type of treatment for unwanted veins is sclerotherapy, but there are also sclerotherapy alternatives available, most notably laser vein removal.
While sclerotherapy is generally considered the best treatment for most types of veins, there are certain veins that benefit more from other types of treatments. For instance, facial veins should never be treated with sclerotherapy! Dr. Melda Isaac of MI Skin Dermatology in Washington, DC offers laser vein treatments for delicate facial veins. IPL, V-beam, and Excel V are all lasers which have a proven track record of safely and effectively removing facial spider veins. There is little to no downtime following these procedures, and side effects are limited to some redness or swelling which generally disappears within a few hours or days of treatment.
If sclerotherapy is not an option for leg veins, then Dr. Isaac may use the Excel V 1064 laser to treat them. This laser can treat spider veins through shooting intense pulses of light into the veins, which absorb the light, coagulate, and are then absorbed in turn by the body. This treatment is safe and effective, with minimal side effects and downtime.
Varicose and spider veins can cause self-consciousness, embarrassment, and in some cases even cause symptoms such as pain and fatigue in the legs. There are many treatments available, however, so you do not need to live with unsightly veins that you’d rather be without!