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Learn about Treatment Options for Spider Veins

Updated on April 30, 2012
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When you’re trying to decide which spider vein treatment is best, you’ll have to take a few things into consideration. Where you live, how much you’re willing to spend, and how far you’re willing to go will help you choose a treatment that suits both your pocket and personality. Home remedies or non-invasive treatments are usually the most popular, for obvious reasons, but if all else fails there are professional treatments that may do the trick and get you long-lasting results

Why do Spider Veins Form?

Spider veins usually occur when the small blood vessels close to the skin’s surface enlarge. This makes them more noticeable, and the causes tend to vary from person to person. The most common areas where spider veins occur are on the face, hands, chest and legs.

Home Remedies for Spider Veins

Massage is believed to help minimize the appearance of these veins, and massaging the area twice a day is believed to be helpful. You could also use a moisturizer of your choice while you massage the skin, and this will give the treatment added benefit. Taking in enough fiber and lowering salt intake may also help, and taking vitamin E and C in supplement form may also help. These vitamins strengthen the blood vessels and help to improve blood circulation throughout the body.

Laser Treatments

The blood cells are targeted using pulsed dye lasers, which then destroy the veins. Surrounding skin and tissue aren’t damaged using this technique. Up to three treatments may be needed for someone to see real results, and treatments are usually done two months apart. A down side to this treatment is that the skin may darken afterwards, but this is usually temporary.

IPL Therapy

Intense pulsed light therapy works almost the same way as laser therapy. It uses broadband light instead of lasers, but also doesn’t damage tissue around the veins or the skin. Healing is really quick after this treatment, and little or no recovery time is needed. Up to six treatments may be needed, and it may cause mild discomfort, skin color changes and bruising.

Electrosurgery Treatment

This type of treatment is most used on the face, because the skin tends to heal a lot faster than on other areas of the body. This treatment is also one of the treatment options that cause very little discomfort. A needed is used to pass an electric current through the skin and it’s this current that gets rid of and destroys the enlarged veins. Experts sometimes use local anesthetics depending on the patient’s pain tolerance levels.

All these treatments are considered to be effective in the treatment of spider veins, but if you’re unsure you could always speak to a dermatologist to find out what to expect and to get expert recommendations. If home remedies do not do the trick after a few months, it may be time to consider professional treatments.

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