Spider Vein Treatment Los Angeles
Spider veins are those localized clusters of purple, red, and blue veins that sit just beneath the skin. Medically known as telangiectasia, is the “branching,” jagged appearance of veins, similar to webbing, hence being called spider veins. Spider veins can be problematic because they often develop on highly visible areas, such as the face or the legs. Additionally, many people notice that they seem to spread exponentially over the years, eventually covering larger areas. This is where a vascular doctor, such as Dr.Lee can help!
What causes Spider Veins?
The reason that spider veins develop is because blood backs up in a localized area. This is why we often see this problem in the lower extremities. Weakness in the vascular valves enables blood to pool in certain vessels. When this accumulation of blood occurs in smaller, superficial veins, we see the discolored webbing of the veins on the surface.
Causes of spider veins include:
- Prolonged sitting or standing on a regular basis, such as for work
- Genetic makeup
- Excess weight
- Pregnancy and other conditions that affect hormonal balance
- Sun exposure
No special diagnostic testing is typically necessary to identify spider veins. A physical examination and observation of the skin usually leads to an accurate diagnosis. However, diagnostic ultrasound may be recommended if a more extensive condition is suspected.
The presence of spider veins can be quite frustrating. Rather than hide your legs, we invite you to explore your treatment options at Los Angeles Vein Center in Sherman Oaks. Our team has the training and experience to remove your spider veins.
What Treatment is available for Spider Veins?
Modern treatment for spider veins typically involves minimally-invasive techniques that achieve outstanding results without downtime or discomfort.
Sclerotherapy for Spider Veins
The most common procedure used to eliminate spider veins is sclerotherapy. The non-surgical treatment promotes vein closure by introducing a medicated substance into these vessels. Using a tiny needle, Dr. Lee injects the sclerosing agent into superficial vessels in a short office visit. As the substance comes into contact with vessel walls, controlled damage occurs and the vein gradually closes. Over time, these veins become less noticeable until, ultimately, they disappear. Depending on the extent of the problem, multiple sessions may be scheduled.
Laser Therapy for Spider Veins
Because spider veins are largely a cosmetic issue, it is uncommon for treatment to be covered by insurance. The rare exception is when a vein has begun to bleed. In such instances, insurance will likely cover treatment of the bleeding vein, but not others.
Can Spider Veins be Prevented?
Because spider veins may result from a number of factors, there is no guarantee of prevention using diet, exercise, or lifestyle modifications. However, taking steps such as moving frequently, going for walks or becoming more active, wearing comfortable shoes, and maintaining a healthy weight can reduce the risk factors. Individuals who are prone to spider veins may want to consider wearing compression stockings to minimize their risk of new veins.