Approximately half of the women in UK struggle with the appearance of spider veins. However, this problem is not experienced by just women; up to 45% of all men develop vein diseases like spider veins or varicose veins.
Spider veins are those localized clusters of purple, red, and blue veins that sit just beneath the skin. Medically known as telangiectasia, is the “branching,” jagged appearance of veins, similar to webbing, hence being called spider veins. Spider veins can be problematic because they often develop in highly visible areas, such as the face or the legs. Additionally, many people notice that they seem to spread exponentially over the years, eventually covering larger areas.
What Causes Spider Veins?
The reason that spider veins develop is because blood backs up in a localized area. This is why we often see this problem in the lower extremities. Weakness in the vascular valves enables blood to pool in certain vessels. When this accumulation of blood occurs in smaller, superficial veins, we see the discolored webbing of the veins on the surface.
Causes of spider veins include:
- Prolonged sitting or standing on a regular basis, such as for work
- Genetic makeup
- Excess weight
- Pregnancy and other conditions that affect hormonal balance
- Sun exposure
No special diagnostic testing is typically necessary to identify spider veins. A physical examination and observation of the skin usually leads to an accurate diagnosis.
The presence of spider veins can be quite frustrating. Rather than hide your legs, we invite you to explore your treatment options at Belle Clinic in North West London. Our team has the training and experience to remove your spider veins.
What Treatment Is Available For Spider Veins/Thread Veins?
Vein treatments have progressed with the development of innovative technologies. Vein treatments have progressed with the development of innovative technologies. Still, one of the most popular spider vein treatments is also one of the oldest. At Belle Clinic we eliminates spider veins/tread veins using different treatments Veinwave or Laser Therapies.
One of the modality that quickly and safely removes spider veins is laser vein treatment. This treatment also closes the affected veins, but rather than doing so using a chemical solution, laser vein treatment causes vein closure using heat. There is relatively little downtime after treatment. Patients can resume nearly all levels of activity the day after their appointment.
Regardless of the vein treatment selected, patients are usually advised to wear compression stockings for a day or two after their procedure. The gentle pressure of compression encourages the vein walls to stick, preventing blood from moving through.
other treatment which we often use for our clients is Veinwave. Veinwave uses a new method called thermo-coagulation. It can be used on any type of skin, without causing bruising and there is no need for bandages. One treatment session lasts about 15 minutes and can treat up to 30 cm of veins on any part of the body. There are no major side effects, no allergic reactions and no bruising. It can be used on sensitive areas of the body.
What should i expect during veinwave treatment?
Prior to Veinwave treatment, the area to be treated should be free of make-up, self-tanning products, and spray-on tanning products. Veinwave utilizes a proprietary delivery of pinpoint thermocoagulation, providing a relatively painless walk in walk out procedure, with no risk of significant bruising, scarring or pigmentation. The sensation to most is similar to a warm pin prick, others relate it to a minor sting which does
not linger – often it depends upon the location of the treatment. With minimal discomfort, the treatment a preferred alternative to painful dermal lasers and light-based treatments and is undoubtedly more effective.
How many treatments will I need?
This depends on how many spider veins you have and how easy it is to treat your leg. Each session involves nearly 250 pulses so about 30-50cm of spider veins can be treated. Most people can be treated in 1 session but some in 3 to 5 sessions.
Will the Veinwave treatment be permanent?
Spider veins can recur or new areas can be affected so it may be necessary to have several sessions over months or years.
Will this treat mattes of spider veins?
Absolutely! Some of the best results come from treating the mattes that were caused by sclerotherapy injections or similar treatments. The tiny vessels are difficult to treat with lasers and other technologies, but the Veinwave provides a very high level of patient satisfaction.
How long until patients can resume normal activity?
The patient may immediately return to normal activity.
How does the treated area look afterwards?
Most vessels almost completely disappear immediately after treatment. Some people have a response that resembles a “cat scratch” – with pinkness which will quickly subside. The tiny “micro-scabs” will flake away over the next few days. In some cases, they may appear darker after treatment.
Does the Veinwave work on rosacea?
The Veinwave has been widely used for rosacea. The Veinwave is very successful at removing the symptoms of rosacea (removing the vascular areas), but not actually curing the disease. The number of treatment sessions depends on severity of the disease state.
Are there any side effects?
A common side effect is a varying degree of bruising which tends to disappear within several weeks. Other possible but less common side effects include mild swelling, discomfort, skin discoloration and scarring.