What are Spider Veins?
Spider veins are surface-level blood vessels that have lost their ability to properly push blood back to the heart. This can happen for a variety of reasons including hormonal influences, obesity, consistent prolonged standing, sun exposure, and age.
Normally, a person’s heart pumps oxygen and nutrient-rich blood through blood vessels all over the body, then the blood passes through one-way valves in the veins back to the heart. Due to age and other stresses, these valves may weaken and allow small amounts of blood to leak back through. When enough blood gets backed up, the vein is forced to expand and become what we call varicose. The old oxygen-deprived blood gives the vein its dark red or blue color.
While spider veins rarely pose a serious health threat, they can be painful and unsightly. Fortunately, Dr. Ted Lain Dermatology offers a variety of spider vein treatments in Austin. Each patient will receive exactly the right treatment plan based on his or her specific needs, whether the spider veins cover a large area on the legs or a tiny spot on the nose.
Dr. Ted Lain and his team typically use a combination of sclerotherapy and compression stockings to achieve maximum results. Sclerotherapy is the process of injecting a sclerosing agent right into the vein itself. The solution irritates and damages the inside of the vein, stimulating the formation of scar tissue. Finally, after scar tissue has formed, the vein dies and virtually disappears from the surface of the skin.
While injection may seem intimidating, all of our spider vein treatments in Austin are painless and non-invasive. During the therapy itself, a patient may experience mild discomfort or itching, but the entire process is finished in 15-30 minutes. Afterward, there are very few side effects, such as bruising or redness, and they normally disappear within a few days.
To guarantee the best spider vein treatments in Austin, we usually recommend compression hose in addition to the sclerotherapy. Professional compression hose or stockings are similar to regular women’s panty hose or tights, except that they are fitted precisely to the patient’s body. Also unlike department store stockings, they use graduated compression to treat spider veins, meaning they are tightest on the bottom around the feet and maintain less pressure as they go up around the thighs and buttocks. First thing in the morning, the patient puts on compression hose; when worn throughout the day, circulation can improve and symptoms decrease.
Simple Treatment, Quick Results
Through a unique combination of treatments, everyone who visits Dr. Ted Lain Dermatology can achieve amazing results. Our professional team sits down with each patient and finds exactly the right plan to fit his or her needs, both medically and financially. Spider veins no longer have to be a source of discomfort or embarrassment—they can be gone. In just one phone call, a patient can schedule a consultation and look ahead to a brighter future. There is no reason to wait, call us today.