Spider veins are small blood vessels which twist and turn under the skin’s surface. They are typically red or blue and are located very close to the skin’s surface. The legs and face are both common areas for spider veins to form.
Though initially only a cosmetic issue, spider veins can become a more serious vein condition that can lead to dermatitis, aching and skin ulcers.
Several things may lead a person to develop spider veins on the legs, face or elsewhere around the body. These include obesity, a hereditary history of spider veins, pregnancy, puberty, menopause, or other hormonal changes. The frequency at which spider veins develops also increases as one ages. Spider veins are also more common in women than men.
When looking at general lifestyle factors, occupations with a lot of standing, such as nurses, hairstylists and teachers are at a higher risk of developing spider veins on legs.
At Vein Care, we provide the most comprehensive spider vein treatment Melbourne has to offer. There is no reason that someone should have to suffer with spider veins anymore, as we provide a range of treatments proven to be effective in spider vein removal.
Sclerotherapy is often recommended for spider vein removal as it is easy and fast. It involves injecting a specially made detergent directly into the vein, which causes the vein walls to collapse over a gradual period of time.
Many of our patients choose to get sclerotherapy as it is an outpatient procedure with no anaesthetic requirements and you can leave within several hours. Most patients can expect to see visible results in just a few weeks.
Microsclerotherapy is similarly used for spider vein removal thanks to its speed and effectiveness for patients. It is very similar to sclerotherapy, except it is specialised for spider veins.
Lifestyle changes are often recommended alongside microsclerotherapy and sclerotherapy for effective spider vein treatment. In order to assess which lifestyle changes may help reduce the recurrence of spider veins, it is important to consult with our specialised medical staff. We may offer a treatment plan that includes a number of things, such as diet, exercise and skin hygiene changes.