What Are Spider Veins?
Spider veins are small, damaged veins that can appear on the surface of the legs or face. They are usually not painful or harmful, but some people may experience burning or itching and may also wish to treat them for cosmetic reasons. Leg spider veins can be blue, purple, or red and may appear in the form of thin lines, webs, or branches. People sometimes also refer to them as thread veins.
What is the difference between
spider veins and varicose veins?
What causes spider veins during pregnancy?
Not only are your hormones raging at their highest level in your life, but the increased volume of blood you’re carrying creates significant pressure on your blood vessels, causing even small veins to swell. And genetics can predispose you to spider veins, varicose veins, and stretch marks.
What are the best treatment
options to get rid of spider veins?
At The Vein Institute of Toronto, spider veins can be removed by laser treatment or sclerotherapy. Both of these treatment options provide great results with almost no downtime. Patients most often can resume even high-intensity physical activity the next day.
Surface Laser Treatment For Spider Veins
Laser vein treatment takes less than an hour and is performed in a doctor’s office or clinic and under local anesthesia. The procedure uses a focused beam of light to target the spider vein without damaging nearby tissue. The laser heats and destroys the spider vein and it disappears over a period of four to six weeks.
We perform sclerotherapy after surface laser therapy utilizing the Veinlite® technology. The Veinlite® patented Side-Transillumination provides uniform illumination and visualization of unprecedented clarity. Light generated by a halogen bulb travels through a high-quality fiber into the Veinlite® ring, where it is directed into the skin at an angle so that it is concentrated in a bright spot under the skin. The bright spot behaves like a virtual light source below the skin that transilluminates the open area within the ring. Superficial blood vessels are seen with high clarity and networks of varicose veins can be examined in detail. This technology allows us to completely map out the feeding veins and perform a complete treatment with decreased chance of recurrence.
Sclerotherapy treats large areas of veins by injecting a solution through a tiny needle. The solution, which irritates the vein and causes it to scar and shut, disperses to all the branches of the vein. You can watch them disappear immediately. It’s a very efficient procedure and is much less likely to cause skin damage. The needle is so small and delicate that it’s almost painless.
How does the Spider Vein Laser Treatment work?
Skin pigmentation can impact the effectiveness of any surface laser treatment. Therefore, the patient should have no sun exposure for four weeks prior to treatment to guard against blistering and scarring.
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HOURS OF OPERATION
Monday: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday: 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday: Schedule varies