What are Spider Veins?
Spider veins – also called thread veins or broken capillaries – are small clusters of red or blue veins visible through the skin. These are superficial veins and normally form when either deeper vessel valves are damaged (like those around the thighs, knee and ankles) or the area receives significant sun and the vessel dilated over time from UV exposure (like those on the face).
Unlike varicose veins, spider veins don’t protrude through the skin. Normally, these are not painful.. However, they can cause cosmetic issues and may be a sign or more significant medical conditions such as Rosacea or venous reflux.
Spider Vein Treatments
Fortunately, there are excellent treatments for treating vein today. However significant experience is required to correctly diagnose the issues and suggest the appropriate treatment. At Colorado Skin and Vein we have one the widest selections of vein treatments available anywhere in Denver. Here are some of the most common treatments that we offer:
Sclerotherapy involves injecting a medication into dilated blood vessels to make them contract and close up. Sclerotherapy is best for vessels over half a millimeter and on the lower body. Once treated the inner wall of the vessel is damaged and the body removes the vein.
Laser Vein Removal
Laser vein removal is a procedure that safely removes thread veins by pulsing them with targeted beams of light. The laser heats the blood vessels’ walls, this causes them to contract and be removed over time.