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Spider Veins

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What are spider veins?
Spider Veins are very superficial veins which have become dilated to the point they are visible to the naked eye. The blood pools in these veins and may appear red, blue or purple in color. These unsightly veins may appear as a result of a number of factors, including pregnancy, being on your feet for long periods of time, weight gain, trauma or simply genetics.

How spider veins are treated:

When a laser is used to treat the veins, results are seen gradually with each treatment but several treatments may be recommended for effectiveness and maintenance. The laser beam is directed at the area of the vein, penetrating the skin. As the laser light is absorbed into the vein beneath the skin, it is converted to heat, raising the temperature of the blood vessel, and then safely coagulating it. This causes the vessel to seal and eventually the body removes the damaged vein. The process may take several months for the final result to be achieved.

Sclerotherapy, or injection therapy, is still the treatment of choice for these "spider veins". Small amounts of a salt solution are injected into the veins. The salt irritates the inside of the vein causing it to gradually swell shut. Treatments are spaced 3-4 weeks apart and generally 3 to 4 treatments are required to achieve the best results.

 

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