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What are Spider Veins and How to Treat Them?

Jul 17, 2023
Spider Veins Treatment and Options
Learn what spider veins are, why they happen, and the best treatments for reducing their appearance. Discover how treatments like IPL Photo Facial and Sclerotherapy can help diminish these common problem areas.

Let’s face it – spider veins look unsightly and can affect your overall appearance. But they are more than just aesthetically displeasing. While these veins typically do not cause any health problems, they can sometimes be painful. However, they can be a big cosmetic nuisance and the treatments are mostly directed to enhance one's overall appearance.

In this blog, we will understand what are spider veins and how to treat them.


What are Spider Veins?

 Spider veins are typically damaged veins that develop when tiny valves inside these veins weaken due to some reason and push blood backward. This blood accumulates in the veins, which appear as red, purple, or blue thin lines, branches, or webs – hence the name, spider vein. These are visible typically on the face and legs.


What are Varicose Veins?

 Varicose veins are similar to spider veins, but are more swollen, raised, and larger vessels that twist and turn. These veins may show up anywhere on the body but mostly appear on the lower extremities.


What Causes Spider Veins or Varicose Veins?

 Several factors can increase the risk of developing spider veins or varicose veins:

  • Obesity
  • Heredity
  • A history of blood clots
  • Hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy, menopause, or puberty
  • Health conditions like constipation, tumors, etc.
  • Hormone replacement therapy after menopause.
  • Occupations that require prolonged standing.
  • Taking birth control pills.

As we stated earlier, these veins aren’t typically harmful and many individuals seek treatment for cosmetic purposes.


How to Treat Spider Veins?

There is a range of aesthetic treatment options that can help reduce the appearance of spider veins. Recommend treatments include:

  1. Sclerotherapy

 Sclerotherapy is a highly effective treatment for those seeking to eliminate spider or varicose veins. Although we do not provide this treatment at Garcia Centers, it is still a very effective treatment. To receive this treatment, we recommend seeking out a qualified vein specialist who can perform the procedure with precision and care. During the procedure, the provider injects a sclerosing solution into the veins, which irritates the vein walls. He or she will then massage the area and place a compression stocking. You will be put under observation to understand if you are having any side effects.

The provider will recommend you wear compression stockings for a certain period of time to prevent potential side effects. It may take 3-6 weeks for spider veins to disappear followed by sclerotherapy and 3-4 months for varicose veins. Typically, 2 to 3 treatments are required.   


  1. Lumecca IPL

 At Garcia Weight Loss Aesthetics & Hormone Therapy, we offer Lumecca IPL as a superior alternative to sclerotherapy for individuals seeking quick and effective results. Unlike sclerotherapy, which involves injecting a solution into the veins and may require multiple sessions with waiting periods in between, Lumecca IPL provides a more efficient option.

With Lumecca IPL, the intense pulsed light (IPL) targets spider veins, minimizing their appearance and enhancing skin texture and tone in various areas of the body.

The procedure itself is swift, typically lasting between 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the treatment area. Furthermore, Lumecca IPL does not necessitate recovery time, allowing individuals to resume their daily activities promptly. In many cases, small spider veins vanish immediately after the treatment.

Notably, Lumecca IPL offers additional benefits beyond addressing spider veins. It is also highly effective photo facial; for combating age spots. By utilizing up to 3x more energy, Lumecca IPL enhances the efficacy of laser treatment, enabling the removal of both dark and light pigments. With repeated photo facial sessions with Lumecca IPL, you can experience significant improvement in your skin's appearance.

If you're looking for a convenient and efficient solution to minimize spider veins, improve skin tone, and reduce age spots, Lumecca IPL at Garcia Weight Loss Aesthetics & Hormone Therapy is the ideal choice. Experience the transformative effects of a photo facial and achieve the results you desire.


The Final Words

While aesthetic treatments may help reduce the appearance of spider veins, self-care is important to ensure the condition does not relapse. Exercising, taking breaks between sitting or standing for long periods, wearing compression stockings, etc. can help improve the condition of spider veins and provide relief from pain if any. Get effective spider vein treatments done from a professional aesthetic clinic near you.