What are Varicose Veins and Spider Veins?

What are Varicose Veins and Spider Veins and How Can I Make Them Go Away?

While most of the country is preparing to bundle up for the colder season, in South Florida, we’re gearing up for our exciting, upcoming outdoor season with its perfect weather. “The Season,” as we call it, is just around the corner, bringing with it festivals, outdoor sporting events, water events, and yes – more opportunities to show off your beautiful legs.  Don’t fret if you’re not confident enough to reveal your legs because of annoying varicose veins and spider veins. There’s still time to have them removed, and Board-Certified Dermatology experts - Elias Dermatology can make that happen.

Elias Dermatology Can Perform Spider Vein Removal and Varicose Vein Removal

Help for Varicose Veins and Spider VeinsWhat are varicose veins and spider veins, you ask? Excellent question! Varicose veins are enlarged veins that can be dark purple or blue, even red in color. Spider veins are like varicose veins, but smaller. Basically, they’re a milder version of varicose veins. Depending on your complexion and the severity of your condition, often from a distance, these veins may cause your skin to have a bluish or purplish shadow. Veins can also bulge, be painful, and even itch. Most veins appear on the legs and feet.

Various Factors Can Cause Varicose Veins

Varicose veins get worse and more prominent as we age, but you can begin noticing them in your early 20s.  Men get them, too, but not as often as women. Contributing factors for varicose veins include:

  • Heredity
  • Age
  • Pregnancy
  • Hormonal changes
  • Obesity
  • Birth control pills
  • Occupation (standing or sitting for long periods)

Varicose veins can be unattractive, but they could also be masking a health issue. A doctor can make that determination.

The Most Common Treatment for Varicose Vein Removal is an Injectable

Varicose Veins Spider Veins Treated

There are a couple of ways to treat varicose veins and spider veins, including laser vein removal. The primary treatment is sclerotherapy, a minimally-invasive technique, in which a board-certified dermatologist injects the FDA-approved solution medicine - Asclera® through a thin needle, directly into the veins. The procedure causes the vein to collapse and fade over time. Studies show a 50 to 80 percent success rate. You can usually expect to see results in three to six weeks – slightly longer for larger veins. Additional treatments may be needed to get desired results. It’s performed right in the office.

While sclerotherapy is the gold standard to treat spider veins, another treatment is the Excel V laser system. It uses heat to cause the vein walls to collapse, close, and disappear. Its high-powered green laser light is absorbed by abnormal blood vessels in the skin, resulting in normal skin tone and color.

We Can Determine if You’re a Good Candidate for Varicose Vein Removal

Your medical history weighs heavily on the decision on whether you can have the procedure. When you come into our office for a consultation, our staff will ask you about your medical history- both past and present, along with any medications/drugs or herbal supplements you take.

Visit Elias Dermatology for Your Cosmetic Treatment Needs

We specialize in a variety of skincare treatments at Elias Dermatology for both men and women- from skin cancer and acne to state-of-the-art cosmetic treatments, including Coolsculpting, BOTOX®, and Ultherapy®. We utilize a pain-free approach. Comfort is a priority.

Call or Email Us for an Appointment

Now—back to varicose veins. To answer the question: What are Varicose Veins and Spider Veins, and to learn about the best way to remove them, visit Elias Dermatology. We have two locations to serve you. Call us at 954-771-0582 for an appointment, or you can request an appointment on our website. We look forward to helping you enhance your beauty and boost your confidence!