Spider Veins Treatments
*Many people suffer from unsightly, visible veins which appear on the legs or face throughout life and can lead to self- consciousness or affect a person’s wardrobe choices. The great news is that we have simple, non-surgical solutions for you. Men and women in the Greater Toronto Area who are seeking minimally invasive treatments to restore clear, unblemished skin and remove the appearance of spider veins are welcome to come in and discover what Philosophy of Beauty has to offer. We provide both sclerotherapy for the removal of spider veins as well as laser spider vein removal, using the advanced technology of the Fotona Laser.*
What are spider veins?
*Spider veins or broken capillaries are small, dilated vessels that appear close to the surface of the skin. They are nicknamed, ‘spider veins’ because the veins may look like tiny spider legs or tree branches, and they are usually reddish or blue in appearance. Although spider veins may develop anywhere on the body, they are most common on the legs and face. Telangiectasia is another term for spider veins. This phenomenon is often related to the presence of venous reflux in underlying varicose veins. Flow abnormalities in the deeper, reticular or, medium-sized veins, can lead to the development of telangiectasias at the superficial level. Whereas the medical community once though that increased blood pressure caused spider veins, now it is commonly accepted that venous reflux disease is often the cause. Reticular veins are slightly larger, deeper and more blueish in color than spider veins. These larger veins, “feed” the spider veins and sometimes must be treated in order to effectively eliminate the visible spider veins.**Telangiectasias on the face are most often treated with a non- invasive laser. Laser therapy such as the Fotona system uses safe, light therapy to target capillaries in order to seal them off, causing them to break down and disappear.* *Although spider veins typically don't produce physical pain and are primarily treated for cosmetic purposes, larger, varicose veins may cause medical complications such as throbbing, burning, aching or swelling. We will be happy to assess your vein concerns and advise you about appropriate, effective methods of treatment.*
How does Sclerotherapy for spider veins work?
*Sclerotherapy involves injecting a solution directly into the vein that causes it to scar and collapse, forcing blood to reroute through healthier veins. The collapsed vein is reabsorbed into local tissue and eventually fades away. Common sclerosing agents include hypertonic saline and sodium tetradecyl sulfate which induce sclerosis through interference with cell membrane lipids in the endothelium of a vessel. STS and polidocanol are popular options for the treatment of telangiectasias. Polidocanol is designed to occlude the lumen of the vessel. The FDA approved polidocanol for the treatment of varicose and reticular veins less than 3 mm in diameter. Polidocanol damages the cell lining of blood vessels which causes them to close and eventually break down to be replaced by other healthy tissue.**Sclerotherapy is a proven procedure that has been used effectively as a simple, in-office treatment for decades. At Philosophy of Beauty, only an experienced and specially trained Sclerotherapy Registered Nurse performs the injection procedure.*
Frequently Asked Questions
How does laser therapy for spider vein treatment work?
*The Fotona Nd:Yag laser removes spider veins by targeting each blood vessel with pulses of laser light. When the energy from the laser is absorbed by the blood in the vein and converted into heat, the vein walls are destroyed. As the vein dissolves, the body clears away the waste material just as it does when naturally resolving a bruise. Once the body has completed this process, the blood vessel material is permanently gone and skin is left smooth and clear. Those who are prone to forming spider veins may have the tendency to create more in the future. Fortunately, any newly developing veins can be quickly treated and maintenance treatments are encouraged for clear skin in the long term.**Non-invasive and gentle laser treatments can safely treat all skin tones and require no anesthetic or downtime.*