Spider Veins Treatment Specialist in Honolulu, HI
Spider vein is a collection of red, blue, or purple veins that typically develop on the thigh, calves, and ankle. Many conditions such as pregnancy, obesity, old age, and more can cause spider veins. It may be a good idea to consider spider vein treatment if you are bothered by the appearance of spider veins on any part of your body. Dr. Lee DO offers spider vein reduction treatment at Island Medical and Beauty Clinic. For more information, contact us or request an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 3470 Waialae Ave Ste 6, Honolulu, HI 96816.
Table of Contents:
What are spider veins?
What causes spider veins?
What are the symptoms of spider veins?
How can I get rid of the appearance of spider veins on my legs?
What individuals make for good candidates for Spider Vein Reduction?
Spider veins are a common variation of varicose veins which are large, swollen, raised blood vessels that twist and turn. Their appearance is usually visible through the skin on the legs. They are caused by weakening of the blood vessel wall or by faulty valves. In most cases, they appear on the legs or pelvis, although they can appear anywhere on the body.
Red, purple, and blue spider veins are smaller vessels that twist and turn. It is also easy to see spider veins through the skin. The capillaries, the body’s smallest blood vessels, are affected. There are different types of spider veins, including red and blue ones that look like spider’s webs or tree branches. Legs and faces are the most common places to see them.
When the valves inside the veins fail, spider veins can develop in the legs. Blood is carried to the heart by veins and as soon as the blood passes through them, a one-way valve closes to prevent blood from flowing backward. A weakened or damaged valve can lead to blood pooling inside the vein if the blood is unable to flow properly. Spider veins are caused by a bulge in the vein that branches out over time. The cause of spider veins on the face is often a burst blood vessel. Sun damage or increased pressure can cause these problems.
There is often pain in the legs associated with spider veins, described as aches or cramps. Tiredness, restlessness, burning, throbbing, tingling, or heaviness in the legs are also common symptoms. Elevating the legs or wearing compression stockings can relieve pain caused by these veins.
There may be an increase in symptoms during certain parts of a woman’s menstrual cycle or while pregnant. Generally, less common are swellings, ulcers, and darkening of the skin, particularly around the ankles. In some cases, spider veins can cause painful blood clots with inflammation of the vein, a condition called thrombophlebitis.
To destroy the vein, our experienced professionals use a state-of-the-art laser to perform a minimally invasive procedure that allows the vein to be absorbed by the surrounding tissue and vanish. Varicose veins and spider veins are treated with lasers by dermatologists. As part of the laser treatment, your dermatologist directs the laser beam at the vein.
During laser treatment, heat is generated by the laser light and causes the vein to collapse. Depending on how many veins are being treated and how large the area is, you may need multiple treatments. There is a possibility that small spider veins will disappear immediately after treatment. Spider veins and varicose veins that are larger will darken, and they will likely be visible for one to three months before they disappear. It may take three or more treatments to get complete clearing in certain cases.
It may be a good idea to consider spider vein treatment if you are bothered by spider veins on any part of your body. With the help of our specialist, you will learn about different ways to get rid of spider veins and the best option for you may be recommended.
You must follow the doctor’s instructions for care before and after treatment if you plan to undergo treatment. Asking questions is important, as is having a realistic outlook of what can be achieved through spider vein treatment.
Many patients elect to undergo treatment to remove the bothersome appearance of spider veins, especially after alternative methods such as weight loss, exercise, and the use of compression stockings have not made significant reductions to their appearance.
Spider vein reduction treatment is available at Island Medical and Beauty Clinic. For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 3470 Waialae Ave Ste 6, Honolulu, HI 96816. We serve patients from Honolulu HI, Village Park HI, Pearl City HI, Halawa HI, Aiea HI, and surrounding areas.
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