Although we talk about them together much of the time, varicose veins and spider veins have some differences. Whereas varicose veins present as large and ropelike mostly on the legs and ankles, spider veins tend to be smaller veins and capillaries close to the skin surface. These cosmetic blemishes usually show up in a web-like arrangement (hence the name), and range in color from red to purple and blue. Spider veins can develop anywhere on the body, including the legs, face, and arms, just ask our Chicago vein expert!
Vein care specialists in Chicago can treat spider veins anywhere on the body
No matter if your spider veins develop on your ankles, nose, arms, or elsewhere, the treatment used by our Chicago vein expert is just as safe, comfortable and effective. The “gold standard” mode of treating spider veins these days is a minimally invasive procedure known as sclerotherapy.
This quick outpatient procedure is essentially a series of medicinal injections using a very fine gauge needle. A “sclerosing solution” is inserted directly into the affected vein, effectively dissolving the unwanted vein or capillary. The body naturally reabsorbs the treated vein over a period of a few weeks and leaves you with clearer, healthier looking skin. Depending on the amount or size of your unwanted veins, multiple sessions may be necessary to achieve your desired outcome.
Sclerotherapy can permanently eliminate your spider veins wherever they are on your body. This means that once the spider vein is treated, it won’t come back. It is possible for other veins to become spider veins over time, but our medical team can arm you with healthy lifestyle recommendations to help you maintain healthy veins throughout life.
What are you waiting for? Dr. Ramon Castro is our very own spider vein doctor in Chicago who is ready to help you get rid of your unwanted veins on your legs, arms, and anywhere else they might be. Call us at 773-283-7887 or go online to begin!