You never see them coming. They seem to arrive without warning. Of course, no one expects to have them show up, but somehow they sneak across your legs or face and you feel stuck with them. So, let’s talk about these spider veins for a moment. They are not a permanent problem because, at Albuquerque Vein and Laser Institute, we have two very effective solutions to help you rid your legs and face of these unsightly veins.

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What Are Spider Veins?

Spider veins are small, damaged veins typically measuring less than 1mm in diameter, and often appearing in clusters.  They most frequently appear on the surface of the calves, ankles, thighs, or even the face. They are not typically painful or harmful but can be an indicator of deeper venous issues.  In many cases, they are more of a visual nuisance than a medical problem, but they may cause an achy or tingling feeling. Some of the factors that can contribute to the development of spider veins are heredity, obesity, hormonal changes during pregnancy or menopause, and prolonged standing or sitting.

How Can I Treat Spider Veins?

If you are troubled by the appearance of spider veins on your legs or face, the specialists at Albuquerque Vein & Laser Institute can help. Two of our most commonly performed treatments are Sclerotherapy and Veinwave Laser Treatments.

Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is considered the gold standard in spider vein treatment. This treatment involves the injection of an FDA-approved solution directly into the vein via a tiny needle. The injected solution irritates the lining of the vein, causing it to collapse and then to disappear over time. Most patients require a series of 3-5 treatments over the course of several months, although the number of required treatments varies with each patient. 

Some of the major benefits of sclerotherapy include:

  • No downtime
  • Minimal discomfort/outpatient procedure
  • Affordable
  • Extremely effective with an overall success rate greater than 90%

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Veinwave Laser Treatment

Veinwave Laser Treatment is used primarily to remove tiny spider veins on the face and nose that are too small for sclerotherapy. Veinwave treatment uses an ultra-thin needle that emits radio frequency energy into the vein in order to damage the vein. Essentially, the targeted cells are heated with the current and this then causes them to dry up. These damaged cells will be absorbed by the body and those tiny lines will fade away.  Results are almost immediate, and patients will see continued improvement over the next several days.

Some of the benefits of Veinwave Laser Treatment include:

  • No downtime
  • Minimal discomfort
  • Minimally invasive and outpatient treatment
  • Safe and effective for all skin types

Both of these treatments are safe and effective ways to treat spider veins. There is no need to try and hide them with long pants or skirts…or even layers of makeup. Now is a great time of year to deal with those spider veins and get ready to celebrate warmer weather with clear, beautiful legs and faces!

“I could not be happier with the services provided by Dr. Cutchen’s and his entire staff. Everyone treated me with respect and cared for the improvement of my veins and I never felt like “just another number”. Follow up care was great. The office manager is really easy to work with and never caused me any issues. Overall- this is the place to be treated!” *

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Take The Next Step

If you are ready to treat your spider veins, then it’s time to take the next step by calling the trusted physicians at Albuquerque Vein & Laser Institute at 505-848-VEIN or fill out the form on this page and one of our staff members will reach out to you promptly. Albuquerque Vein & Laser Institute is located in the Journal Center area of Albuquerque and proudly serves vein patients throughout the entire Albuquerque area, as well as Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, Santa Rosa, Los Lunas and other areas throughout New Mexico.

** This blog provides general information and discussion about medicine, health, and related subjects. The words and other content provided in this blog, and in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. If the reader or any other person has a medical concern, he or she should consult with an appropriately licensed physician.