Spider Vein Treatment
Unsightly leg veins can be commonly seen on both men and women. These become prominent on the surface of the skin when they get enlarged and dilated, and hence, they are also known as surface veins. These can vary in size and colour, from the tiny red spider veins to thicker, blue varicose veins.
Spider veins are used to refer to the smaller, thread-like blood vessels visible on the surface of the skin. They can be red, blue or purple. They can be commonly seen on thighs, feet, and ankles and even on the face at times. They are unsightly and could even be misconstrued for being bruises. While spider veins are mostly harmless, they can at times cause pain, aches and a burning sensation, especially if you have been standing for a long time.
Varicose veins, on the other hand, are larger, blue coloured veins that occur on the surface of the skin, triggered by tired or heavy legs. These are often the result of some deeper vein issues, and are said to cause health issues like aching, cramping, swelling and throbbing. In severe cases, these veins can form unappealing bulges on the skin, and are even said to cause some ulcers or ruptures. They are usually found on the legs and thighs. While they can occur at any age, they aggravate with age are more common among older people.
What Causes Spider Veins?
Both spider and varicose veins are caused due to structural abnormalities in the veins. Veins are designed for a one-way flow of blood back to the heart, and have valves that prevent backflow of blood. Sometimes, these valves can stop working, causing backflow of blood within veins, resulting in blood pooling and increased pressure within the vein. Spider veins and varicose veins then develop from the engorgement and dilation of these veins, resulting in an ugly appearance on the skin’s surface.
Can Spider Veins be Prevented?
There are no known ways to prevent spider veins, as they are often a result of genetics. There is a widely accepted belief that a healthy weight and regular exercise can help prevent the occurrence of leg veins, however, there is no direct link established on this.
Treatment of Spider Veins
But these leg veins need not be a lifetime condition. Unlike days of the past, where surgery would be the only option, advancements in technology have made it possible to treat leg veins in clinics, without surgery. These non-surgical alternatives are safe and can be performed in a day clinic, without the use of anaesthetic, and with minimal downtime. Advanced Cosmetic Medicine offers treatments for spider vein removal in Adelaide, that can help reduce their prominence and can make them disappear.
Treatment With Excel V – Vascular Laser
Dr Rahma Targett of Advanced Cosmetic Medicine in Adelaide is now treating their patients for facial and leg vascular skin conditions with Excel V™ a new non invasive vascular laser system designed to deliver customised treatments
Laser is the best option for treatment of small spider veins. It is very effective to treat spider veins on and around the face area – nose, eyes, chin and cheeks.
In this, a narrow laser beam is directed at the affected veins in short, high power bursts. This causes the veins to ablate, and eventually dissipate. The blood in the veins absorbs the laser energy, and this causes the vein to shut down. The spider veins will fade away over a few weeks. Side effects can include redness, bruising, swelling and itching.
Surface Laser is sometimes combined with Sclerotherapy for better results. Depending on the size and number of spider veins, more than one treatment session could be required. This is a very comfortable procedure requiring almost no downtime. You can resume regular activities and work the next day. It is however advisable to stay away from activities like sauna or a hot tub bath, for at least 2 days after treatment, as these might cause the veins to dilate.
The Excel V system uses a unique high-power green laser to precisely treat visible vessels, broken capillaries, spider veins, vascular lesions and skin discolouration. The laser light is absorbed by abnormal blood vessels in the skin, which heats and eliminates the vessels, ultimately restoring normal skin tone and colour.
The technology in the Excel V has been proven effective in treating a wide range of skin conditions, including rosacea, facial veins, port wine stains, cherry angiomas and telangiectasia.