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Spider veins, medically known as telangiectasias, are clusters of tiny red or blue vessels that form near the surface of the skin. Although spider veins are typically non-dangerous and generally harmless, many people find them unsightly and choose to have them removed. Fortunately, there are now two safe and effective treatments available for reducing the appearance of spider veins: laser treatment and sclerotherapy.
Laser vein treatment is a minimally-invasive procedure that utilizes a focused beam of light to heat up and close off the damaged veins. This causes them to shrink in size, making them less visible. Laser treatments are relatively fast, generally taking no more than 30 minutes per session. For best results, most patients require multiple treatments spaced out over several weeks.
Sclerotherapy is another effective treatment for eliminating the appearance of spider veins. During a sclerotherapy session, a saline solution or other special medicine is injected into the affected veins using a very small needle. This causes the veins to collapse and disappear, reducing their visibility over time. Depending on the size and number of veins, sclerotherapy sessions may take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour.
Both laser vein treatment and sclerotherapy can help reduce the appearance of spider veins with minimal risk or discomfort. Your healthcare provider will be able to recommend the best option for you based on your individual needs and condition. Whichever treatment you choose, it is important to remember that spider veins may require multiple treatments in order to produce the desired outcome. Regardless of which spider vein removal method you choose, make sure to take all necessary precautions and follow all instructions provided by your healthcare provider for the safest, most successful treatment experience.