Spider veins are a common issue for both men and women. Though they don’t always cause health problems, you may not like how they look. Liza Eden Giammaria, MD, MPH, FACPh, is a vascular specialist who treats spider veins at her Midtown Manhattan office. If you’re unhappy with the web of veins that cover your skin, call Eden Veins, or schedule an appointment online for a consultation.
Spider veins are dilated blood vessels close to the skin. They’re also sometimes called smaller varicose veins.
Blood vessels help circulate blood throughout your body. To help keep the blood moving forward, your blood vessels contain tiny one-way valves that open when blood flows through. If a valve is damaged, it may not close and allow blood to leak and pool, creating the dilated blood vessel.
Spider veins most often develop in the face, arms, or legs.
Spider veins rarely affect health, but they can cause an itchy or burning sensation, especially the ones that develop in the legs. Although not common, your spider veins may signify a blood backup deeper in the vein that you can’t see on your skin, which can lead to discomfort associated with varicose veins, such as a dull ache or throbbing pain.
Dr. Eden Giammaria is a vascular specialist and will conduct a thorough examination of your veins to identify any potential health concerns.
Dr. Eden Giammaria may recommend sclerotherapy, which she performs in the office, as a treatment to get rid of your spider veins. During treatment, she injects the vein with a liquid chemical that causes the walls of the vein to collapse, create scar tissue, and stop the blood flow. It may take up to three weeks for the blood vessel to disappear.
Dr. Eden Giammaria may also be able to get rid of your spider veins with surface laser treatments, which use laser heat energy applied to your skin over the spider vein to lessen the appearance. To get the best results, you may need two to five laser treatments.
Dr. Eden Giammaria can help improve the look of your skin by getting rid of the spider veins you have, but treatment can’t prevent new spider veins from forming. To reduce your risk of developing more spider veins, she recommends:
Dr. Eden Giammaria can also provide ongoing monitoring and treatment to keep your skin clear of spider veins.
To get rid of your spider veins, call Dr. Eden Giammaria’s office today, or schedule an appointment online.