I see a really small spider vein forming, what can I do?
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Spider vein treatment
Treatment for spider veins depends in part on size and color. If the area you are referring to is thin and red, it can be treated with a laser or sclerotherapy. If the area is larger, or more blue/purple in color, lasers don’t often work well for these. Sclerotherapy involves injecting a saline (salt water) solution or some other sclerosing agent into the blood vessel, which causes it to collapse. Results are improved by the use of post-procedure compression garments.
Spider Vein Treatment on the Legs
Your best option depends on the size of the spider veins and the color. Very small spider veins can be effectively treated by an experienced professional with the proper wavelength of laser. If you go this route, make sure the person has lots of experience as a risk of such treatment is a laser burn. If the vein is over 1mm or so in diameter, sclerotherapy administered by a board certified doctor is probably your best option. There are a few different drugs used for sclerotherapy in the USA so ask which one they use and ask for referrals of patients who they've treated if want reassurance before your treatment. Best of luck, Doc Halliday
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Tiny spider vein
If it's just a tiny spider vein and it bothers you, it can likely be treated by sclerotherapy (or external laser, although the latter is usually not as good). A single tiny spider vein is usually not worrisome, but does bother some patients cosmetically. Spider veins tend to increase in number with age. The greatest risk factor is genetics. Other risk factors include hormonal stimulation, pregnancy and obesity. Best advice - stay in shape and seek a vein specialist's opinion.
Preventing spider veins
Preventing spider veins can be difficult because there has not been one thing in the medical literature to support the prevention of spider or varicose veins. However if you have a job that requires long periods of standing or sitting, compression stockings have been shown to be good for maintaining your healthy legs and potentially prolonging the appearance of additional spider or varicose veins. Spider veins and varicose veins are mainly a genetic problem, however they can be exacerbated by pregnancy, long periods of standing, long periods of sitting, history of blood clot, and a multitude of other things. Aside from compression stockings, you may want to consider surface laser to treat the spider vein sooner rather than later, or sclerotherapy, which is an injection to the spider vein that causes a chemical damage to occur to the vein resulting in disappearance of the vein. I always try to encourage patients to take care of their concerns, cosmetic or not, sooner rather than later, otherwise it can be overwhelming to treat requiring several treatments versus a few.
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