The term ‘Spider Veins’ refers to small red and blue veins on the surface of the skin that resemble the strands or circular pattern of a spider web. They can appear anywhere on the body but are most common on the legs and the face. Other fairly frequent areas to find Spider veins are on the shoulders, chest wall and lower back.
The size of Spider Veins varies from about 0.1 to 1.0 mm in diameter. Colour varies from bright red small blood vessels to larger blue blood vessels. The common patterns are as single strands, branching tree patterns or circular star patterns. On the face larger spider veins often develop on the side of the nose.
Many factors seem involved in the development of Spider Veins but they do run in families and causative factors seem to be different in different areas. On the face environmental factors like sun, wind and cold are important whilst on the legs prolonged standing, hormones and pregnancies are more important. Spider veins around the nose are associated with allergies such as hay fever and sinus disease. Both men and women can get spider veins and because of the different causes, facial spider veins are more common in Men and leg spider veins are much more common in Women.
There are basically 3 options when treating Spider Veins:
The advantage we have at Collins Cosmetic Clinic is that we have all these treatment modalities available and can choose the most suitable and effective option to best suit each individual circumstance. In some patients to get the best result we will need to use a combination approach of more than one treatment option.
Most people find Spider Veins unsightly and wish to treat them to improve the appearance of their skin. Spider veins tend to progressively worsen and getting them under control and then follow up with maintenance treatments, if necessary, is the best management approach.
Spider veins don’t usually cause any symptoms, but in some patients they do, and these symptoms can then be improved with treatment. Spider veins on the face can be associated with a flushing or burning sensation. Spider veins on the legs can be associated with tiredness, throbbing and cramping and this can be worse in the premenstrual period. Often we find in treating spider veins on the legs that patients don’t realise how good their legs can feel until after treatment as minor leg vein symptoms can be quite insidious.
Surface injections cost $352 per treatment session. If treating leg veins and there are larger Varicose veins being treated at the same time then a Medicare rebate can be available.
Surface Laser and Surface Radiofrequency cost $350 per treatment.
Small facial spider veins usually require 1-2 treatments whilst larger facial spider veins can take 3-4 treatments.
With Spider leg veins it depends on the severity of the spider veins and the level of improvement required but about 4 treatments is fairly common. The emphasis on treatment is to get as big an improvement as possible with as few treatments as possible then follow up with maintenance treatment as required.
Laser and Radiofrequency treatments are spaced 4-6 weeks apart. Sclerotherapy treatments are spaced a minimum of 4 weeks apart.
Before and after images are presented purely as a reference point of the results that can be achieved. Everyone is unique and outcomes will vary and realistic expectations need to be discussed on a case by case basis.
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