Spider veins are visible blue or red veins underneath the skin and are a result of poor venous circulation. They look like spider webs of short jagged lines, and can occur anywhere on the legs and face. Spider veins become more of a problem as people age due to poor circulation, exposure to the sun, or hormonal changes. Spider veins are most common in women and can be removed within seconds by having sclerotherapy, laser surgery, endovenous technique, or intense pulsed light therapy.
To eliminate spider veins, find a qualified dermatologist or plastic surgeon and undergo the medical procedure sclerotherapy. He will inject a salt solution into your vein with a very small needle, which causes the vein to swell, stick together and fade away from view. The spider veins start to disappear within seconds. Fading may take up to 30 minutes, depending on how many veins are being treated. Scerlotherapy is between 50 and 90 percent effective in most patients, and has been a successful procedure since the 1930s, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
Get laser surgery to eliminate spider veins. The laser beam sends intense bursts of energy into the veins, seals them off and they disappear from view. Laser surgery is quick, but you may experience some pain due to the laser feeling hot on your skin. Many people prefer this type of treatment for spider veins because there are no needles or incisions involved. A few treatments may be necessary if you did not see desired results after the first. Choose a skilled laser technician, usually in a dermatologist's office or plastic surgery office.
Have your doctor perform a combination of radiofrequency and laser treatment, called endovenous technique. The doctor, usually a vascular surgeon, shrinks the vein by sending bursts of radiofrequency and laser energy combined, through a small catheter/needle inserted in the vein.
Undergo intense pulsed light therapy or IPL treatment. This treatment is especially successful for spider veins on the face, as they are usually smaller. Done by a dermatologist, it is also known as photorejuvination. IPL is a pain free, quick and easy treatment, done with broad-spectrum beams of light penetrating deep within the layers of skin, heating up the veins and capillaries and shrinking them.
Prevent future spider veins by increasing your blood circulation with exercise. Lose weight and improve your diet by eating low calorie, low fat foods. Avoid drinking alcohol as this may increase spider veins on your face and neck. Wear clothing that is comfortable and non-restricting. Stay out of the sun, as this causes spider veins on the face.