Spider Veins

Young woman receiving Spider Veins in Radiant Esthetics in Newport, RI

Spider Veins are small blood vessels visible beneath the skin. They develop on the face or legs and may look like a series of thin tree branches. Although Spider Veins are only a cosmetic flaw, for some patients, they can cause uncomfortable symptoms such as aching, burning, swelling, and leg cramping. Many patients get reduced self-confidence when spider veins develop on prominent areas such as the legs or face and seek treatment to destroy them. Many spider-vein treatments are minimally invasive, offering aesthetically pleasing results without lengthy downtime.

The advantages of this treatment include:

  • No general anesthesia
  • Decreased aches
  • Short recovery period
  • Minimal scarring
  • Low-risk treatment

CAUSES OF AGE SPOTS

Although age spots are usually caused by accumulated exposure to the sun‘s ultraviolet (UV) light, they may also be the result of using tanning beds/lamps; trauma or injury; or genetic predisposition. People with light skin are more likely to develop age spots, as are those with a history of frequent sunburn or sun exposure.

DIAGNOSIS OF AGE SPOTS

True age spots are harmless and do not require treatment. If what is thought to be an age spot appears irregular, however, a biopsy may be performed to ensure that it is not malignant. Spots with the following characteristics should be evaluated by a physician:

TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR AGE SPOTS

Possible side effects of Sculptra injections include localized bleeding, tenderness, discomfort, redness, bruising and swelling. Side effects usually fade within a few days, although can last longer.

According to Valeant Aesthetics, “Other side effects may include small lumps under the skin that are sometimes noticeable when pressing on the treated area. Larger lumps, some with delayed onset with or without inflammation or skin discoloration, have also been reported.”

CAUSES OF AGE SPOTS

Although age spots are usually caused by accumulated exposure to the sun‘s ultraviolet (UV) light, they may also be the result of using tanning beds/lamps; trauma or injury; or genetic predisposition. People with light skin are more likely to develop age spots, as are those with a history of frequent sunburn or sun exposure.

DIAGNOSIS OF AGE SPOTS

True age spots are harmless and do not require treatment. If what is thought to be an age spot appears irregular, however, a biopsy may be performed to ensure that it is not malignant. Spots with the following characteristics should be evaluated by a physician:

In addition, spots that are itchy, red or sensitive, or that bleed, should be checked for malignancy.

TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR AGE SPOTS

Although age spots are not medically dangerous, many people who develop them find them aesthetically unappealing. Treatments to remove age spots or make them less prominent include the following:

Treatment of age spots is considered strictly cosmetic, so insurance companies typically do not cover procedures to remove them.

The Treatment

Your provider will diagnose Spider Veins through a physical examination, an analysis of the symptoms, and a diagnostic ultrasound. Spider Veins are treated in various ways, all of which are minimally invasive. Clarity One Laser treatment consists of inserting a catheter with a laser probe attached to it directly into the vein. The laser heat seals the damaged vein and directs blood flow to healthier vessels. This treatment has fewer side effects, causes less discomfort, and has a shorter recovery time than traditional surgical-vein-removal procedures.

FAQ

The common areas include small spider veins on the nose, cheeks, and upper and lower legs.

You'll see the results a few months after treatment. You may see significant improvements within two to six weeks.

You'll get permanent results from your spider vein treatment. Once your veins have been closed by the laser procedure, they won't appear on the treated area, and the veins disappear permanently.

Yes. You might get redness, swelling, and altered pigmentation. These symptoms will subside a few days after the procedure.

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