What You Should Know About Spider Veins & Varicose Veins

May 7, 2013 • Beauty, Fashion Blog


Imperfections, we all have them. Yet, as women we tend to be our own biggest critics and nitpick at our littlest flaws to the point of self-consciousness. One of these flaws that plague women between the ages of 30 and 50 are spider veins and varicose veins. These mutated veins have caused many women to shy away from shorter hemlines in an attempt to conceal them, but it’s time to hike up those hemlines once again because there are several treatments for these unsightly veins.

Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank, a cosmetic dermatologist, offers treatments for these menacing veins at this New York practice, The 5th Avenue Dermatology Surgery and Laser Center. Three of the treatments offered are, Sclerotherapy, Laser Therapy and Ambulatory Phlebectomy. You’re probably thinking what the hell does that all even mean? So, here’s the break down. 

Sclerotherapy: This procedure is non-invasive and involves having a solution, either Asclera or Polidocanol, injected into the veins that allows them to gradually shrink and disappear over time. This is done in  a series of 2-5 treatments that are separated by 2-4 weeks.

Laser Therapy: This treatment is typically used to treat smaller veins that Sclerotherapy cannot. V-beam laser treatments reduce dark areas without damaging the surround areas on the skin.

Ambulatory Phlebectomy: This procedure is used to permanently remove large bulging blue veins that can be painful as well as unattractive to look at. The minimally invasive procedure uses local anesthesia to numb the area as the veins are surgically tied off and teased out through small incisions. This also prevents surrounding vessels from getting worse.

However when thinking about what treatment is right for you, it’s important to know the difference between spider veins and varicose veins as the treatments sometimes differ for the two. Telangiectasias, also known as spider veins, are small blood vessels that are dilated and sit near the skin. Although they can appear anywhere on the body, they are generally seen around the nose, on the cheeks and on the chin. They are also common on the upper thigh, around the knee joint and on the ankles. These typically harmless veins are purple in color and are arranged in a circular pattern. Varicose veins are large, bulging and oftentimes painful. They appear mostly on the pelvis area and legs. This usually occurs when veins stop functioning properly and blood beings to collect in the vein because of poor circulation.

– Jamie Wilson



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