Unsightly spider veins can be eliminated easily and quickly with a variety of treatments.  Dr. Jeffrey Gosin is a vascular surgeon and Medical Director of Shore Vascular and Vein Center in Somers Point.  He explains how spider veins the new treatment options.

From the website of Shore Vascular and Vein Center:

Sclerotherapy:

Spider veins can appear as a cluster or “web” of thin purple or red lines just below the skin’s surface on the face, legs, chest or other body areas. Spider veins are caused by a mild venous insufficiency. While they don’t typically threaten health, many people are disturbed by the unattractive appearance, sometimes occurring with itching and burning sensations on the skin and bleeding when shaving the legs.

Sclerotherapy is an excellent, non-invasive solution for spider vein problems, taking only about 15 minutes. During treatment at Shore Vascular and Vein Center, an agent is injected into the abnormal veins, collapsing them and fading their color over time. The latest sclerosing agents are free of the burning pain associated with saline that was often used in the past.

In just a few weeks, treated veins fade out, with repeat treatments sometimes necessary for complete disappearance. With patience and proper follow-up, improvement is typically remarkable. There is no downtime required before returning to usual activities after sclerotherapy treatments. Compression stockings and avoidance of direct sun are generally recommended following treatment.

Laser:

The Excel V system uses a unique high-power green laser to precisely treat visible vessels, broken capillaries, spider veins, vascular lesions, and skin discoloration. The laser light is absorbed by abnormal blood vessels in the skin, which heats and eliminates the vessels, ultimately restoring normal skin tone and color.

Excel V incorporates the latest innovations in cooling technologies enabling the doctor to deliver higher doses directly to the affected lesion with less pain than the traditional laser system.