What's the Best Way to Get Rid of Spider Veins?

What's the Best Way to Get Rid of Spider Veins?

You can try to cover them up with makeup and clothing, but if we’re honest, a life spent masking spider veins isn’t sustainable. And it shouldn’t have to be.

Spider veins are a common problem and one with a simple solution, but all too often people decide to simply accept them as a part of normal life. 

Our team of experts at Advanced Vascular Solutions in Sebastian, Florida, is dedicated to providing you with the best treatments available. Here, we highlight two of our most popular and most effective methods for getting rid of spider veins

Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy involves injecting a special chemical (a highly concentrated saline solution or specially made detergent) directly into your malfunctioning veins. The chemical irritates your veins and causes them to scar over, collapse, and eventually disappear.

Radiofrequency ablation

During radiofrequency ablation, we insert a small catheter into your affected vein and use it to deliver radiofrequency energy. This process heats your veins, which forces them to collapse and seal shut.

In both sclerotherapy and radiofrequency ablation, your body reroutes your blood through a healthy vein and eventually processes and eliminates the old vein. 

How do I know I need to get my spider veins treated?

Though they can indicate an underlying venous insufficiency, spider veins aren’t a threat to your health, so there’s no need to rush to the emergency room if you notice them. We recommend seeing us for treatment if and when you’re bothered by how they look or if they start to cause uncomfortable symptoms, such as restlessness, burning, or throbbing.

We treat spider veins whether they’re simply a cosmetic concern or the result of a circulation problem. A basic evaluation and an in-house ultrasound can reveal exactly what’s going on and help us create a customized treatment plan. 

What sort of results can I expect?

On average, it takes around 3-6 weeks for spider veins to disappear after treatment — larger veins could take closer to six months. 

Our spider vein treatments are extremely effective, but it’s important to have realistic expectations. You can expect sclerotherapy and radiofrequency ablation to remove 80-90% of your visible veins. We also typically recommend a series of treatments (usually 2-3) to get the best results. 

Is there anything else I can do?

Absolutely. Though our advanced treatments are the only way to truly get rid of spider veins, that doesn’t mean you can’t help the process by making a few lifestyle adjustments. 

For instance, you can start wearing support (compression) stockings. In fact, we almost always recommend them after you’ve treated spider veins. They provide steady, gentle pressure in your leg, which keeps blood flowing in the right direction — not pooling and causing spider veins. 

You can also try:

Good skin hygiene can even go a long way in staving off spider veins. Talk to us about our other hacks to help you fight spider veins.

Spider veins are frustrating, but getting rid of them doesn’t have to be. When you’re ready to take your first steps towards clearer, healthier-looking skin, call our friendly staff or use our online booking tool to schedule an appointment.

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