Summertime pool parties and long days on the beach are right around the corner. But if you have spider veins, you might be tempted to stash your swimsuit in your closet for the season. Fortunately, you can enjoy smooth legs with a few visits to your dermatologist. Here are the most effective treatments available for spider veins.
Dermatologists often recommend laser therapy for spider veins. This treatment works by directing bursts of laser light at the target vein. The heat from the laser destroys the blood vessels, and the veins shrink and disappear.
Laser therapy results will depend on the size of the vein. If you have small spider veins, you might notice clear skin right away. However, severe spider veins may require several laser sessions to dissolve completely.
You’ll likely be able to return to your normal activities after treatment, but you might notice some side effects. The most common side effects include redness, stinging, and mild swelling. Your dermatologist will provide aftercare instructions, which will likely include keeping the area moisturized and avoiding sun exposure.
Sclerotherapy is another common treatment for spider veins, as well as small varicose veins. During this treatment, your dermatologist will inject the vein with a solution. The chemical causes the vein to scar and close, preventing blood flow. Most spider veins fade within three to six weeks of treatment.
You might notice swelling and itching on the injection area, as well as a slight change in skin color. These side effects typically go away within a few days. Your dermatologist may recommend wearing a compression sock to control this swelling. Since sclerotherapy is non-invasive, you’ll be able to resume walking and moving after treatment. Your dermatologist will discuss side effects and after care with you before you leave the office.
While in-office treatments are the best methods for treating spider veins, your dermatologist may recommend at-home care as well. Improving circulation in your legs may help prevent spider veins. So, taking some basic measures can keep your legs smooth throughout swimsuit season.
Your dermatologist may recommend wearing a compression stocking and elevating your legs throughout the day. Regular exercise can also boost circulation and help you maintain a healthy weight. Be sure to avoid sitting or standing still for long periods of time, and try to give yourself breaks from high heels.
Changes like pregnancy and certain health conditions may affect circulation, causing your spider veins to reappear. Visit your dermatologist to discuss spider vein treatment if you notice more on your legs.
Swimsuit season is approaching, and the team at Pacific Dermatology Specialists is here to help you prepare. Our skin experts offer laser treatment and sclerotherapy to safely treat spider veins and varicose veins. With offices in Long Beach, CA, and other communities around the Greater Los Angeles area, we also offer a variety of other cosmetic, medical, and surgical dermatology services to keep our clients healthy and feeling their best. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.