Spider veins are weblike collections of broken veins and capillaries that mar your skin with threads of red, purple, and blue. Spider veins usually occur around the nose or on your legs. No matter where spider veins are, however, they’re dysfunctional veins that make your skin look less attractive.
Jeffrey Gosin, MD and our team at Shore Vascular and Vein Center in Somers Point, New Jersey, are happy to offer two effective treatments for spider veins. You can choose from the totally noninvasive excel® V laser or sclerotherapy injections.
If you’re not sure which treatment to use, the following questions can help you decide. Of course, we’re here to help answer any other questions you have, too.
Are your spider veins on your face?
Facial spider veins are usually best treated with the excel’s high-powered green laser that delivers energy to abnormal blood vessels in the skin. The laser’s energy targets and evaporates the excessive pigment in spider veins, instantly collapsing them so your body can absorb and eliminate them over time.
The excel also improves the overall quality of your skin, which makes it an excellent choice for facial veins. However, if you only have a few spider veins and have otherwise healthy skin, you might instead choose sclerotherapy.
With sclerotherapy, Dr. Gosin injects Asclera® —a solution of polidocanol — directly into the veins to collapse them. Asclera is less painful than previous forms of sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy is the most cost-effective spider vein treatment.
Do you have wrinkles or age spots, too?
One of the advantages of the excel is that its laser energy doesn’t only work to evaporate unneeded, unsightly spider veins. The heat from the laser also initiates tissue coagulation in treated areas, which improves the health, strength, and appearance of your skin.
The excel features two ultra-precise laser wavelengths (532/1064 nm) and three unique operating modes. In one treatment session, you can resolve a wide variety of skin issues at the same time, including:
- Spider veins
- Age spots
- Port wine stains
- Unwanted hair
- Sagging skin
- Inflammatory acne
The laser precisely targets lesions and veins as small as 2 mm. However, it can also be used to treat areas up to 12 mm, so your entire face can benefit from a rejuvenating treatment that stimulates the production of new collagen and elastin. The excel can treat up to 20 types of skin issues in all skin types and tones.
Do you have spider veins on your legs?
If your main concern is spider veins on your legs, sclerotherapy may be your best option. Dr. Gosin uses a virtually pain-free sclerosing agent to quickly erase spider veins so your legs are swimsuit ready in no time.
Do you also have varicose veins?
Another advantage to sclerotherapy for spider veins on your legs is that the same procedure can treat small varicose veins, too. Treating varicose and spider veins on your legs in a timely manner prevents complications, such as itching, pain, and skin discoloration.
Do you want to eliminate hair on your legs, too?
If you’d like your legs to be hair-free as well as spider vein-free, then you may opt for the excel. Just as the excel’s laser energy targets the excess pigment in disordered veins, it can be adjusted to target the pigment in unwanted hairs.
The excel treats each hair in its earliest growth stage, which means you need a series of treatments to remove all your unwanted hairs. However, the excel instantly evaporates and collapses unwanted veins, so you have spider vein-free legs shortly after your first treatment.
Are you still not sure?
The best way to ensure you make the best decision for your skin and your budget is to schedule a spider vein consultation. Dr. Gosin and our aesthetic team take an in-depth look at your skin and vein issues and make the recommendations that work best for you.
Whether you’re ready for excel laser for spider veins or sclerotherapy for spider veins, call our team today at 609-297-5992. You can also use our handy online contact form to schedule a consultation and treatment.