In 2020 the vein treatment market size is expected to grow to by $100 million. Why are more people treating their vein problems?

The key driver for the increase in demand is the improvement of the treatment, and the financial backing investors giving to modern treatments. But unfortunately, many people are plagued by the old belief that once unsightly veins appear, there’s nothing you can do about them.

So do spider veins go away? Or are the new methods all hype? Here’s what you need to know.

Understanding Spider Veins

Spider veins are thin, branch-like veins that appear on the surface of the skin. Their appearance is often compared to a spider web, which gives them their charming name.

These veins are usually caused by damaged valves that cause blood backflow. This leads to clotting and a congregation near the surface of the skin. Spider veins do not impose a health risk, they can be a symptom of venous insufficiency.

Other types of problematic veins can be mistaken for spider veins too. These include dilated capillaries called Telangiectasias and Hemangiomas and angiomas.

The primary causes of spider veins are:

  • Genetics
  • Pregnancy
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Body fat percentage
  • Hormonal balance
  • Sitting and standing time
  • Vein health
  • Muscle stress
  • Sun damage

Spider Veins vs. Varicose Veins

Spider veins and varicose veins aren’t the same things. Varicose veins and spider veins are noticeably different. Generally, varicose veins are noticeably different from spider veins by the naked eye.

Spider veins can look redder than varicose veins. They are also smaller and flatter and appear to be more thread-like web pattern.

Varicose veins protrude from the skin and are often rigid in texture. These types of veins are also usually more blue and purple. One of the biggest indicators of varicose veins is discomfort like itching or burning.

Sometimes spider veins are a precursor to varicose veins, but not all the time. Because of their size and cause treatment for spider and varicose veins is not always the same.

So, Do Spider Veins Go Away?

There are many effective home remedies for the prevention of spider veins. But, unfortunately, there aren’t any treatments for remedying the problem after it’s bloomed. The good news is that spider veins are curable with a visit to the doctor’s office, here are the best spider vein treatments.

VeinGogh

A minimally invasive microburst radiofrequency technology treatment for spider veins or networks of veins. Known for its precision, low risk of damaging surrounding vessels and safe for all skin types VeinGogh is growing in popularity.

VeinGogh was developed for spider veins, however it has been found as a successful treatment for cherry angiomas and rosacea.

VenaSeal

This treatment uses a medical adhesive to close veins. The process is very similar to RFA and EVLT, the difference is that this procedure focuses on cutting off the vein by using a sealing glue instead of heat. VenaSeal can be a more comfortable treatment than RFA and EVLT, and usually requires less numbing medication, which makes the downtime even faster than RFA and EVLT (which is usually 24 hours). This also means there is usually less bruising after the treatment.

Medical Sclerotherapy Treatment (MST)

MST is one of the lowest maintenance approaches to spider vein treatment. This treatment involves a salt-based solution being injected into the problem vein. This solution causes the blood clot and the vein itself to collapse, causing it to seemingly disappear. There is virtually no downtime at all, and the procedure takes about 30 minutes.

According to one study, participants who received vein treatments over a five-year period valued the quality of life improvement the treatments gave them at $28,433.

Getting the Best Treatment for Spider Veins

So now that you’re done asking “do spider veins go away?” how do you seek out treatment? The key to a successful vein procedure, regardless of the treatment method, is precision.

Spider veins are usually one millimeter wide or smaller. With most removal processes being needle-based, it’s incredibly important that your health care provider gets the location right the first time.

Inexperienced doctors that do not specialize in vein treatment can inaccurately insert needles which can lead to infections, ulceration and permeant hyperpigmentation. Additionally, multiple pokes and injection sites can lead to more bruising and pain.

At the vein Institute of Pinellas, you’ll be in the hands of our vein specialist who is a member of the American College of Phlebology (the study of veins) and has over 10 years of experience treating venous insufficiency.

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