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Treatment of Spider Veins

Unsightly varicose or spider veins affect 90% of women and many men, making treatment for spider veins a popular cosmetic procedure for people of both sexes. While hiding the problem with makeup or clothing is one solution, treatment for spider veins can eliminate the problem altogether. Spider veins may occur when a tiny tear in a capillary allows blood to leak out; treatment for spider veins usually works by dissolving this vein. Spider veins are also linked to the presence of the female hormone estrogen, which is why the majority of people seeking treatment for spider veins are women, although as previously mentioned, men are affected by spider veins as well.

There are a variety of different methods that can be used as treatment for spider veins, but the most effective is the use of a sclerosing agent to collapse the veins, which are then reabsorbed by the body. This treatment for spider veins is generally performed as an outpatient procedure in a doctor's office and usually takes a matter of minutes. Most insurance does not cover treatment for spider veins, unless it can be proven as a medical treatment rather than a cosmetic one. Most treatment for spider veins is strictly cosmetic, as spider veins do not interfere with circulation and are typically not painful. Following treatment for spider veins, you may need to wear support or pressure garments, and exercise such as bicycle riding is highly recommended after treatment for spider veins, as the circulation and movement can result in optimal results.

Before undergoing treatment for spider veins, consult a board-certified plastic surgeon familiar with the use of sclerosing agents and other methods of treatment for spider veins to determine the most appropriate course of action. Great advances have been made in the use of laser technology in treatment for spider veins, and depending upon the size and location of the problem, this option may be worth investigating.