Spider veins (or telangiectasias) are a common vascular issue. These visible red, blue, or purple vessels branch out like a web and commonly occur on the legs or face. Unlike thicker varicose veins, most spider veins are simply cosmetic problems. Fortunately, there are a couple of highly effective ways to remove them. Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Nina Patel has helped countless patients banish telangiectasias at her Marina del Rey practice. Here’s what you need to know about the most advanced treatments.
Laser Treatments for Spider Veins
One option for spider vein removal is laser vascular treatment with the Aurora KTP laser. This device can gently collapse and eliminate visible veins by emitting a powerful pulse of light that causes the targeted vessels to shrink. This treatment is especially beneficial for the finer telangiectasias that often appear on your cheeks or nose. Facial veins usually respond to one or two KTP laser treatments, while leg veins may need several sessions. Laser spider vein removal can also be combined with sclerotherapy if you have both small and medium-sized vessels.
Sclerotherapy for Spider Veins
Depending on the location and size of your leg veins, sclerotherapy may be recommended over laser removal. Sclerotherapy uses an injectable sclerosing agent that causes the vein to seal shut, diverting blood flow to deeper vessels. Patients typically require one to four treatments to remove all or most visible veins.
How Do I Prevent New Spider Veins?
Though spider vein treatments can effectively reduce or remove telangiectasias, they don’t prevent new veins from forming. If you want to maintain your results, follow these spider vein prevention tips:
- Get up and move every hour to increase blood flow to your legs.
- Wear compression stockings, especially if you work on your feet.
- Maintain a healthy weight to reduce pressure on your lower body.
- Wear SPF 30+ sunscreen daily, especially if you get broken capillaries on your face.
- Exercise to improve vein health.
Sometimes these healthy habits aren’t enough to prevent new telangiectasias, but maintenance treatments can quickly fade any new spider veins that develop.
Book Your Spider Vein Treatment in Marina del Rey
If you’re ready to say goodbye to visible veins on your legs or face, call 310-577-7544 to book your appointment in Marina del Rey, California. After examining your telangiectasias, Dr. Patel can recommend the most effective spider vein treatment for you.