Spider veins are small blood vessels just below the skin's surface that become damaged, forming webs of blue, purple or red veins. These can occur due to heredity, injury, pregnancy or hormonal changes. While spider veins don't cause much physical discomfort, they're often unsightly, causing self-consciousness.
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If you suffer from varicose veins, you may be a candidate for Laser Vein Therapy. It's a nonsurgical procedure to eliminate the appearance of varicose veins. Also called endovenous ablation, Laser Vein Therapy uses heat to treat varicose veins. The procedure only requires needle punctures, not incisions. Each vein is punctured with a needle, and a laser is delivered by a catheter into the vein. The heat source is then drawn backward, destroying the tissue and closing the vein behind it, which is absorbed by the body over time. The procedure only requires local anesthesia and takes about an hour. You'll be able to go home soon after the procedure and return to work and normal activities in one to two days.
If you have spider veins, ask Dr. Bali about sclerotherapy. This technique involves injecting a problem vein with a chemical, causing the blood vessel to close up and eventually disappear. This is a cosmetic procedure that helps eliminate the appearance of spider veins and can prevent spider veins from occurring. It's noninvasive and can be performed in a short office visit. It may take up to twelve weeks for the veins to disappear.