Laser Spider Vein Removal & Sclerotherapy
Spider vein treatments are non-invasive or minimally invasive and include sclerotherapy and laser procedures. They are considered cosmetic procedures and are not covered by health insurance or Medicare unless a more serious underlying condition is diagnosed.
Dr. Challa will evaluate the spider veins and their suitability for treatment. The fiberoptic Veinlite has become the gold standard for mapping superficial varicose veins and the network of feeder veins prior to treatment by ambulatory phlebotomy and Sclerotherapy. With it’s bright 150 watts light source and unique ring light design, veins can be imaged deeper and with a larger field of view. It is unsurpassed for imaging feeder veins that are often responsible for spider veins and telangiectasia.
Dr Challa also utilizes magnification and light filters to improve accuracy while performing spider vein injections.
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What are spider veins?
Spider veins, also known medically as telangiectasia or venulectasias, are the mildest manifestation of venous insufficiency, similar to varicose veins but smaller. They are small, often tangled groups of tiny blood vessels just under the skin surface that frequently resemble spider webs or tree branches. They are generally red, blue or purple and are clearly visible, usually on the thighs, lower legs and face. Spider veins can sometimes cover large areas of skin, but they are a cosmetic problem only, rarely causing physical symptoms. At least a third of all women and a smaller percentage of men are believed to display the condition.
Spider veins are capillaries, thin vessels directly connected with the larger venous system, and like varicose veins they are caused by venous reflux. Spider veins may be isolated or associated with “feeder” veins or with larger underlying varicose veins, but they are not varicose veins as they do not bulge above the skin surface and do not require medical treatment.
Spider veins can be diagnosed merely by sight. They tend to take on one of three characteristic patterns namely a “sunburst” or spider-web pattern radiating outward from a central point, a “tree-branch” pattern, or a “matting” or linear pattern that may be nothing more than a set of thin lines. Even in the absence of physical discomfort, some physicians observing spider veins prefer to conduct ultrasound exams to determine the extent of the problem and the underlying causes of the condition.
Risk factors for spider veins are similar to those for varicose veins and include age, heredity, pregnancy, hormonal changes, obesity and extended periods of standing as well as sun exposure, particularly in fair-skinned people, and injuries to the skin surface. Some physicians believe that exercise, weight loss and the wearing of support hose and flat shoes instead of high heels can reduce the incidence of spider veins.
Dr. Challa rigorously reviews all medical protocols at Chesapeake Vein Center and MedSpa prior to application. An advantage of having a surgeon such as Dr. Challa actively practicing at the same site is the higher standard that medical offices typically adhere to. You can be assured that these practices are safe, effective and tested.
Yes! Dr. Challa actively sees and treats patients at Chesapeake Vein Center and MedSpa. This means that our office adheres to a higher standard of care, equal to that of medical offices. Other medical spas are often ‘overseen’ by a medical director, or may be simply ‘associated’ with a medical director; neither of these situations carries any guarantee that the medical director even practices out of that location.