Varicose Veins Treatments NYC
What are Spider Veins?
Spider veins are a reality for millions of Americans. Luckily, these unsightly problems can be treated with Sclerosing agents, which are injected to remove the spider veins
When the valves in your veins weaken or malfunction, this causes the blood that normally flows toward your heart to collect in the valve areas. This can result in spider veins, which literally look like blue or red spiders just below the skin’s surface, and can appear in the face as well as the legs.
What Causes Spider Veins?
Many factors can cause spider veins, including Laser & Mohs Dermatology of New York – Vein Removal
- Blood flow during pregnancy
- Exposure to the sun on fair skin
- Standing for long periods of time
While it is possible to avoid most causes of spider veins, we often see patients for whom professional treatment is unavoidable.
Once we decide that vein removal therapy is right for you, we will walk you through the procedure, step by step.
Who is at risk for developing spider veins?
Studies have indicated that these small, visible veins appear when vessels become weak and damaged. The risk of developing spider veins varies from person to person. Some people never get these problematic veins, while others seem to have many of them. Some factors, such as hormone fluctuations, can increase a person’s chances of developing spider veins. Additionally, experts believe that this cosmetic problem could be attributed to one or more of the following:
- Family history. If your close relatives have spider veins or varicose veins, your risk for this condition may be higher.
- Age. All parts of the body experience wear and tear as we grow older. The veins are no different. Blood flow through the veins in the legs also relies on good muscle tone, which can degrade with age.
- Standing or sitting for long periods. If you work a desk job and sit for many hours a day, you have a higher risk of spider veins. If your job requires you to stand for several hours at a time, you have a higher risk of spider veins. The key to prevention is finding a healthy balance between standing and sitting.
- Excess weight. Studies have indicated that people who carry extra weight are more likely to develop spider veins and varicose veins. It is believed that this could be due to the pressure on the lower extremities and difficulty the blood faces moving upward out of the legs.
- Injury. Scars and other injuries to the legs can result in damage to the valves in the veins. Damaged veins are weaker than is optimal for good blood flow, increasing the risk of blood pooling in certain vessels.
Who is a good candidate for spider vein treatment?
Many adults are good candidates for spider vein treatment. There is very little that needs to be done after treatment, but patients should be able to follow through with the few instructions their doctor may provide, such as wearing compression stockings. It is also necessary to have realistic expectations and a positive outlook about the improvement that may be achieved with appropriate vein treatment.
The primary benefit of vein treatments is that the skin can be clearer. By eliminating the appearance of visible veins, confidence can improve significantly and patients can wear styles of clothing they may have been avoiding for years. Vein treatments are comfortable, convenient, safe, and effective.
What areas can be treated with varicose veins treatments?
Spider veins usually occur on the ankles and legs. However, some people notice spider veins or broken capillaries on the face, as well. Depending on the area that requires treatment, a board-certified dermatologist will develop an appropriate course of care.
Available Treatment Options for Varicose Veins:
Spider veins are very small vessels that are located just beneath the surface of the skin. One of the most common methods of getting rid of these vessels is a procedure called sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy is administered via a small needle. Another option to get rid of spider veins is to close them with heat. This is achieved with a laser device. Laser spider vein treatment delivers wavelengths of light that penetrate the skin and heat the vein, causing the internal walls to stick together and seal off. Blood redirects to nearby vessels.
Sclerotherapy is one of the longest-standing vein treatments to be performed. This technique can be used on spider veins and some small varicose veins. Different than laser vein therapy, which passes through the skin, sclerotherapy involves the insertion of a tiny needle into each small vein. The needle deposits a sclerosing agent that irritates the affected veins, leading to their closure. The procedure takes only a few minutes and is not nearly as uncomfortable as most people imagine.
How Should I Prepare for a Varicose Vein Treatment?
Your doctor may recommend that you avoid sun exposure and certain medications or substances before your vein treatment. Primarily, what we want to do is prevent blood from seeping out of the veins during treatment. When the blood is thinner, which can result from alcohol consumption, taking aspirin, or other factors, this risk is higher. Blood leakage during varicose vein treatment is not a serious problem but it can cause unnecessary bruising. On the morning of your appointment, you may need to avoid applying lotion or other products to the treatment area.
Are Varicose Vein Treatments Painful?
Varicose vein treatments are not painless, nor are they painful. You can expect some slight discomfort during your treatment. If your doctor performs sclerotherapy to remove your varicose veins, you will feel the slight pinch of the needle on your skin. If you choose to undergo laser vein treatment, you will probably feel short bursts of heat. As the veins are affected by the medication or the laser light, you might feel slight aching or cramping. These sensations usually do not last very long. Once your treatment is done and you’ve applied your compression stockings, you should feel very comfortable.
Are Varicose Vein Treatments Covered by Insurance?
If your varicose vein treatment is deemed medically necessary, your insurance provider may provide some amount of coverage for care. We recommend contacting your insurance company directly for pre-requisite conditions and coverage amounts. For example, your provider may require that you present documentation to them showing that you have seen a doctor for painful, symptomatic varicose veins. You may also need to show that you have used non-clinical therapies for some time before seeking vein treatment. Insurance companies may vary in their requirements for care, as well as their coverage amounts.
What Are the Benefits of Removing Varicose Veins?
It may seem as though having an improved appearance is the most significant benefit of undergoing treatment for varicose veins. For some, it may be. However, varicose veins are also often symptomatic. They cause aching and itching and discoloration on the skin. By removing these unhealthy veins and allowing blood to circulate unimpeded through healthy veins, you’re alleviating the symptoms they have caused.
Can My Varicose Veins Come Back?
Your varicose veins will not come back. However, you can develop new varicose veins and spider veins. If you’ve had varicose veins, you are at risk of developing more in the future. To promote optimal vein health, you can eat a healthy, weight-sustaining diet and move your body daily. Gentle activities that use the lower extremities, such as walking, dancing, yoga, Pilates, hiking, and biking, promote calf muscle strength. These activities should be enjoyed regularly to support the muscle compression on the veins in the lower legs.
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