The Best Treatment for Spider Veins

Struggling with unsightly spider veins? You’re not alone! Research shows that at least 60% of the population develops spider veins during their life. These spidery blue, red, or purple veins show through the surface of your skin and can make you embarrassed about your appearance.  

At Girard Internal Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, board-certified physician Nicole Kimzey, DO, and our team understands how self-conscious spider veins can make you feel. And we have good news — our practice offers an amazing treatment that erases these unsightly veins. 

While many treatments for spider veins involve harsh chemicals injected through the skin and into the vein, we’re proud to offer a better solution: non-invasive laser treatments for spider veins!

Take a moment to learn more about spider veins and the best treatment available to make them disappear!

Why do I have spider veins? 

Spider veins are small capillaries that show up through the surface of your skin, appearing as spiderly red, blue, or purple lines. They can show up anywhere on your body, but they’re most commonly found on the legs, ankles, and feet. 

These capillaries have one-way valves that regulate blood flow and keep it moving toward your heart, just like the other veins in your legs. Spider veins appear as the result of a broken valve, which causes blood to become trapped inside the capillary making it swell. Since these veins are just under your skin, they show through as unsightly lines. 

Scientists are still working to learn more about why some people get spider veins and some don’t. They do know that these little veins are associated with different risk factors, including: 

Spider veins can also appear if you have a history of blood clots or after trauma to your leg, ankle, or foot.  

You can work to prevent spider veins by wearing sunscreen, maintaining a healthy weight and exercising, and taking care to elevate and move your legs regularly. But some people still develop spider veins no matter what steps they take. 

What is the best treatment for spider veins? 

Not all spider veins require medical intervention. Dr. Kimzey meets with you to discuss your symptoms and create a customized plan for treating your spider veins. If your spider veins are very light or mild, she may recommend using compression stockings or making lifestyle changes. 

But if you have moderate or severe spider veins, Dr. Kimzey may recommend the best treatment available: Laser ablation with the IconTM Aesthetic Laser System. 

This non-invasive treatment uses laser energy to heat the targeted veins, causing damage to the tissues and making them seal shut. The treatment is pain-free, and your blood naturally flows to the healthy veins in the surrounding area. 

As your body’s natural healing and waste removal processes kick in, the damaged veins are reabsorbed and disposed of with other cellular waste, making your spider veins less noticeable — without the need for injections or incisions! 

You may need more than one session to achieve the results you desire. Dr. Kimzey recommends the right number of treatments for your unique needs, however, most patients benefit from three to six sessions. 

Ready to learn more about treating your spider veins? Contact Dr. Kimzey at Girard Internal Medicine in Philadelphia or request an appointment online today!

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