What are Spider Veins?
Spider veins are broken blood vessels beneath the skin that usually appear purple, red, or blue on the surface of the skin. They get their name from the spider’s web-like pattern they create, visible through the skin.
Spider veins occur when blood pools in blood vessels close to the skin’s surface. Causes include fluctuating hormone levels, obesity, heredity, and trauma. Aging also plays a role. Older people are more likely to develop the condition.
Spider Vein Treatments
Dr. Lina Vargas and the team at The Vascular Experts Florida offer two treatments for removing spider veins.
Sclerotherapy is one of the most effective ways to remove spider veins. It is a minimally-invasive technique that involves injecting veins with a medication in liquid or foam form that causes them to collapse.
Dr. Lina Vargas begins the procedure by identifying spider veins showing through to the surface of your skin. She then uses a needle to insert the foam which scars the blood vessel walls.
Over time, the structures supporting the blood vessels die away. The body then recycles the dead tissue, removing both the spider veins and the pooled blood they contain. Many patients see dramatic results following treatment. There is often no evidence any spider veins were ever there.
ClearV™ works by selectively heating veins with a laser. This energy causes the blood inside them to coagulate and the vein walls to collapse. The body then recycles the blood vessel walls and remaining blood, just like sclerotherapy.