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Why Have a Vein Specialist Treat your Spider Veins?

Top 3 Reasons to Get your Spider Veins Treated by a Vein Specialist.

Spider veins are fairly common, found in roughly half the U.S. population. Generally, spider veins appear as small blue and red veins seen close to the surface of the skin in the legs and ankles. While spider veins are commonly treated by many types of physicians (e.g. dermatologists, plastic surgeons, etc), there are 3 important reasons why you should consider going to a board certified vein specialist over any other practice to treat your spider veins.

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Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Treatment vs Laser Vein Treatment

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Treatment vs Laser Vein Treatment when Treating Spider Veins?

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment is a common treatment for spider veins, used as an alternative to more conventional treatment methods like laser vein treatment. The difference being in the actual use of the laser. For example, vein specialists generally use laser treatment to get rid of deeper veins by feeding the laser into the veins, but may also use laser to treat visible spider and reticular veins. Intense pulsed light (IPL) is another method of providing a very similar treatment but is only really used for surface veins (i.e. veins that are visible at the surface of the skin). Intense Pulsed Light treatment requires no downtime, and can be performed in an office setting with the non-invasive treatments lasting 15-45 minutes depending on the nature of the veins needing treatment.

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Common Treatments for Spider Veins: Sclerotherapy

spider_veins-1.jpgTelangiectasias, more commonly referred to as Spider Veins, are small blue and purple veins that appear near the surface of one's skin. They generally appear on the face around the nose, and on the legs near or around the knee, upper thigh and ankles. Common causes of spider veins are family history, trauma due to sport related injuries, pregnancy and the release of hormones such as estrogen and progesterone, and prolonged periods of standing.   

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