Leave the Spider Veins to Marvel

You may be a big fan of Spiderman, but that doesn’t mean you have to be a fan of his veins. Spider veins, those little red, purple, or blue threadlike veins that are just below the skin’s surface are obnoxious. They can develop all over the body, but usually appear on legs and face.

Dr. Jones can remove spider veins with two approaches, either using laser energy or sclerotherapy.

What causes spider veins?

Spider veins are caused by a number of factors. There is definitely a genetic link, so if your Mom had spider veins you are likely to have them, too. They also are a result of sun damage, pregnancy, hormonal imbalances, weight gain, or occupations that require long periods of standing or sitting. They are not physically dangerous, but are cosmetically annoying, especially in prominent places such as the cheeks.

On the face, spider veins can be a result of sun damage or conditions such as rosacea. They are most prominent around the nose, on the cheeks, and around the chin.

How does Dr. Jones get rid of spider veins?

On the face and upper chest, Dr. Jones uses the Alma Nd Yag laser and the Alma AFT 570 laser. The laser energy heats the vein, causing the outer wall to collapse. The body then absorbs the closed off vein over the next few weeks.

He treats spider veins on other areas such as the legs with sclerotherapy. In these veins, a sclerosing solution (primarily saline) is injected into the vein. The sclerosing solution irritates the vein, causing the vein wall to collapse. As with laser treatment, the body gradually absorbs the now unused vein.

Want to get rid of those spider veins? Call us at 405.418.5400 and schedule an appointment.

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