Spider veins and varicose veins take on different appearances on the surface of your skin, which means there are probably fundamental differences between the two vascular issues. Well, yes and no.
Varicose veins and spider veins plague millions of men and women in the United States, which is why we here at VeinMedic, located in New York City, offer a wide range of solutions.
Under the direction of board-certified vascular surgeon Dr. Michael Kassouf, our team of vascular experts can rid your legs of problematic veins using the most advanced and minimally invasive techniques available. As part of our suite of solutions, we offer two types of laser treatments. Let’s explore them here to help you choose the one that’s right for your spider or varicose veins.
If your once-smooth legs now feature web-like surface veins or, worse, veins that bulge toward the surface, the good news is that these veins aren’t normally medically concerning.
Both spider veins and varicose veins typically form because of venous insufficiency. Under normal circumstances, your veins are responsible for pumping blood back to your heart for re-oxygenation. The veins in your legs have a tougher job as they have to fight both distance and gravity, which is why these veins are equipped with tiny valves that shut as blood passes through to prevent it from spilling backward.
If these valves weaken, they may not shut properly, which allows blood to pool in your veins, pushing them toward the surface. If the veins are small, they may form spider veins, while larger veins with weak valves may create varicose veins.
Spider veins can also develop on your face as exposure draws your veins to the surface, where tiny blood vessels can burst, leaving you with red or purple, web-like veins across the surface of your skin (usually around your nose and cheeks).
If you’re struggling with surface spider veins, we turn to a laser technology in which we deliver light energy into the veins to break them apart. This approach is noninvasive as the laser energy passes through the surface of your skin, targeting only the troublesome veins.
Once the laser energy breaks apart your spider veins, your body naturally flushes away the debris, and, if the veins are active, your blood reroutes itself to healthier vessels.
Depending upon the size of the area we’re treating and the number of spider veins, you should count on 2-4 treatments to completely rid the area of the veins.
If you have varicose veins, we use a time-tested technique — endovenous ablation — which we’ve upgraded with laser technology. During this procedure, we insert a small tube into the vein and deliver laser energy, which causes it to shut down and shrivel.
As with our spider vein treatment, your blood reroutes itself to healthier vessels after the laser ablation.
If you’d like to learn more about our innovative laser treatment options for spider and varicose veins, contact one of our convenient locations in Brooklyn’s Bay Ridge, Manhattan's Washington Heights, Elmhurst in Queens, and Mount Hope in the Bronx. You also can send us a message online.
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