Spider veins, also known as telangiectasia, are small, dark, twisting veins that can appear in both men and women, often around the age of 40 or later. These veins can stand out against the skin, especially if the skin is pale or thin, and can be very unsightly. Spider veins can be red, blue, or purple, and they often appear on the back of the knees, the thighs, the upper arms, the chest, and even the face. These veins serve no purpose and can be safely eliminated through a variety of safe and proven means. While spider veins are not generally actively harmful, many people want to get rid of them for aesthetic purposes and to help boost their self-confidence, especially when wearing clothes that expose the veins.
How to Remove Spider Veins
The question of how to remove spider veins is best left to your dermatologist, as there are a variety of effective ways to eliminate them and your dermatologist can help you to find the best treatment option for your condition and lifestyle. The expert, board-certified dermatologists at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology are highly experienced and have performed many vein removal treatments as well as participating in valuable research studies to find the newest and most effective techniques and technologies.
Laser treatments such as pulsed dye lasers or intense pulsed light (IPL) are best for removing spider veins on the face. These lasers target the unwanted vein and destroy it, leaving the skin smooth and spider vein free. On the other hand, sclerotherapy is best for removing spider veins from the body, as it is extremely safe and effective and works quickly after just one treatment. Sclerotherapy is usually considered the gold standard especially for treating spider veins anywhere on the legs.