Varicose veins are abnormal blood vessels that are normally found on the legs, although they can appear in other places. Older people and those who are overweight are most frequently affected by the condition. Spider veins are smaller varicose veins that are usually red and appear as spider webs. They are normally visible under the surface of the skin, but they do not cause skin to bulge in the way that varicose veins do. No matter the cause, if you are suffering from spider veins, you should consider undergoing a spider vein removal procedure.
How Visible Veins Develop
The purpose of your heart is to pump blood throughout your body that is filled with oxygen and nutrients. Your veins carry blood from different areas of your body back into your heart to be re-oxygenated. In a normal situation, your veins have valves that act as traffic cops, allowing blood to only flow in one direction. Spider veins have faulty valves that allow blood to backflow into them, leading to their characteristic appearance. Eventually, more and more blood becomes stuck in the dysfunctional vein, increasing pressure that tends to weaken the vein walls, leading it to grow larger and larger.
Sclerotherapy is a treatment for spider veins that has been around since the 1930s in the United States. We inject the affected vein with a special sclerosing solution that irritates the vein walls and causes them to collapse. This destroys the spider vein, which is then metabolized by your body. Any blood that once flowed through the destroyed vein will be taken up by surrounding blood vessels.
Laser therapy is a more modern procedure for removing spider veins and utilizes a special laser for the task. During this method of spider vein removal, we direct a laser to transmit light wavelengths into the problem vein. The laser energy is carefully controlled. The walls of the vein absorb this energy and are destroyed by it. As with sclerotherapy, your body will absorb the destroyed vein and reroute the blood that once flowed through it into nearby, healthy blood vessels.
Your Spider Vein Removal Treatment
To learn if you would make a good candidate for a spider vein removal procedure, please feel free to book an appointment at MiKO Medspa in Beverly Hills. Contact us today to set up a consultation and get started. We look forward to speaking with you!