What Are Spider Veins?
Spider veins (or telangiectasias) are small, dilated veins less than 1mm in diameter, occurring near the skin surface. They may be red or purple in color, and can occur anywhere with the face and legs being the two most common locations. The appearance of spider veins usually does not mean that you have a more serious vein issue. However, if they develop predominantly along the inside of the legs, or inside the ankles(called corona phlebectatica), they can indicate a problem with valves inside of the leg. If this occurs, more investigation is needed, usually with ultrasound. Reticular veins are the slightly larger, slightly deeper, blue veins that feed into the spider veins. They are smaller and straighter than varicose veins and run under the skin surface, rather than sticking out. They are treated in a similar fashion to spider veins.
How Are Spider Veins treated?
TDL(transdermal laser) treatments feel like a small rubber band snapping against the skin. The area will be a little red for the remainder of the day, and larger reticular veins above 1mm in size may take up to several weeks to fade away completely. Repeat sessions may be necessary depending upon the baseline pressure of the treated veins and potential refill.