Spider veins, or telangiectasias, are tiny visible blood vessels beneath the skin that typically branch out on your legs or face. If you have spider veins, you’re not alone. This common condition affects nearly half of the United States population.
Fortunately, spider vein removal is more effective than ever. At Plantation Dermatology (formerly known as Altman Dermatology), our highly skilled dermatologists and physician assistants have helped countless patients minimize the appearance of unwanted veins.
If you’re looking for Valentine’s Day cosmetic treatments to show yourself some love this year, spider vein removal has minimal downtime, so you can enjoy the cosmetic benefits by the time it’s date night.
What Causes Spider Veins?
Spider veins have many causes. If you have family members with telangiectasias, your risk of developing them increases. In addition to the genetic component, these veins may be more visible if you have a lighter skin tone. Women are also more likely to develop spider veins than men.
Some other risk factors for developing spider veins include:
- Excess weight
- Hormonal changes due to pregnancy, menopause, or puberty
- Birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy
- Prolonged sun exposure
- Standing occupations like nursing, teaching, or food service
Wearing sunscreen or incorporating healthy lifestyle choices might prevent some spider veins from forming in the future. However, the vast majority of telangiectasias won’t go away without treatment.
How Can I Get Rid of Spider Veins?
Spider veins are relatively superficial, making them easier to treat than varicose veins. If you want to manage uncomfortable symptoms at home, compression stockings can provide relief. Of course, those aren’t usually part of the look you want to wear to Valentine’s Day dinner.
Laser treatments and sclerotherapy are highly effective at minimizing spider veins. Endovenous laser treatment seals off the vein with heat and diverts blood flow to healthier veins. Sclerotherapy works similarly, but instead of using heat to collapse your spider veins, the treatment uses an injected solution. While you might have swelling or bruising for a few days after your appointment, both options have no downtime.
Schedule Your Spider Vein Treatment in Plantation, Florida
Whether you want to remove telangiectasias for cosmetic reasons or you’re experiencing symptoms like itching and swelling, Plantation Dermatology’s treatment options could help. Schedule a consultation with our experienced providers to find out what we can do for your spider veins by calling 954-577-6161.