Aging, heredity, hormones, sun exposure, smoking, skin care regimens and other life choices take a toll on the skin including the appearance of facial spider veins.
Fortunately, there options are available to improve the skin's appearance.
Many treatments are used for skin problems, such as surface irregularities, scars, blemishes, discolorations such as freckles and birthmarks, acne, wrinkles and spider veins. Laser therapy can vaporize blemishes, seal blood vessels or penetrate deeper into skin tissue. Chemical peels and Dermabrasion smooth the skins surface. Sclerotherapy closes off unsightly blood vessels.
Small superficial veins (telangiectasias or spider veins) are a common concern in women, especially after pregnancy. They also frequently occur in people who have varicose veins. Those who have spider veins and varicose veins can reduce the risk of rapid recurrence of spider veins by having the varicose veins treated first.
Medium and large spider veins are best treated by sclerotherapy, a chemical solution is injected into the vein to cause it to inflame and ultimately disappear. Laser therapy is most effective on small and medium-sized veins.
Sclerotherapy can be performed in the physician's office and does not require hospitalization. Depending upon the area being treated, the procedure may take as long as 30 minutes. No sedation or anesthesia is necessary. Injection sites are covered with gauze and tape, and the legs are usually wrapped with an elastic wrap. The vessels gradually disappear over the next month. Several sclerotherapy sessions are usually needed to achieve the desired improvement. Sessions are typically scheduled six weeks apart.
Patients may experience a temporary burning sensation as the solution enters the vessel. This discomfort usually diminishes within minutes. Veins may appear darker and more visible after treatment. Over the next month, the darkness fades.
The skin should be protected from sun exposure for one year following either treatment.
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