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By Affiliated Dermatologists & Dermatologic Surgeons, P.A
September 13, 2019
Tags: spider veins   Sclerotherapy  

Your dermatologist knows how to get rid of those embarrassing spider veins.

Perhaps the last time you were shaving your legs you noticed that there were some spider veinslittle twisted blue or purple lines running down your legs. If you were curious as to what they are, perhaps you Googled it and found out that they were spider veins. In an effort to try to get rid of them you may have even tried some of the DIY treatment options that you found such as self-massage or exercise; however, no home remedy is going to get rid of spider veins. This is a job for our Mt. Arlington, Morristown, and Bridgewater, New Jersey, dermatologists.

What causes spider veins?

There are several factors that can increase your risk of developing these veins. Heredity can certain play a role (thanks, parents!) but sometimes they can be a warning of a more serious issue with the veins. Spider veins should not be confused with varicose veins even though they may develop together. Spider veins are much smaller and more superficial. Unfortunately, spider veins are something that most people will get as they get older.

Other risk factors include,

  • Being overweight
  • Sitting or standing for long periods of time
  • Pregnancy
  • Hormonal fluctuations (e.g. menopause)

How can a dermatologist get rid of spider veins?

As you may have already learned, there really isn’t anything you can do at home to get rid of spider veins once they are there. Luckily, our skin doctors offer more effective strategies for eliminating these unsightly veins for good.

One of the most effective options for getting rid of spider veins is a simple non-surgical treatment known as sclerotherapy. This procedure only takes 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the size of the treatment area, and it involves administering injections into the veins. When this special salt solution is injected into the veins it causes a scar to form, which causes the body to redirect blood to other healthier veins. Over time, this vein will collapse and be reabsorbed by the body.

After sclerotherapy, it can take a couple of weeks or even a couple of months for the vein to completely fade away. You may also require more than one sclerotherapy session.

If you are dealing with spider veins in Mt. Arlington, Morristown, and Bridgewater, New Jersey, Affiliated Dermatologists is here to help. Call us today to let us know that you are interested in getting sclerotherapy.

By Affiliated Dermatologists & Dermatologic Surgeons, PA
March 23, 2017
Tags: spider veins   red scars  

What your dermatologists in Mt. Arlington, Morristown, Liberty Corner, and Bridgewater want you to know

If you’ve noticed small veins that look like spider webs close to the surface of your skin, spider veinschances are you have spider veins. They can appear blue or red and look like the branches of a tree spreading out over your skin. They are most common on your face and legs.

If you have an injury to your skin, as your skin begins to heal, it can scar. Blood flows into the area, causing the scar to appear red. For both spider veins and red scars, there are several effective treatments to help heal and smooth your skin. Your dermatologists at Affiliated Dermatologists & Dermatologic Surgeons in Mt. Arlington, Morristown, Liberty Corner, and Bridgewater, NJ, want to tell you about skin cosmetic procedures for spider veins and red scars.

Sclerotherapy is a procedure to help diminish the look of spider veins. During treatment, your spider veins are injected with a medication to close the veins. Your blood supply reroutes to healthier, stronger veins. As your spider veins lose blood supply they will fade, leaving clear skin. Sclerotherapy is performed on an outpatient basis and doesn’t require anesthesia.

Laser therapy is also used to diminish spider veins. During treatment, your spider veins are exposed to pulses of laser light, causing them to fade over time. Treatment is performed on an outpatient basis, requiring no needles or incisions. Laser treatment can also be effective to diminish the look of red scars.

You don’t have to suffer from unsightly spider veins or red scars. Your skin doctors at Affiliated Dermatologists & Dermatologic Surgeons want to help you look better and feel better about yourself. For more information on skin cosmetic procedures call the dermatologists at Affiliated Dermatologists & Dermatologic Surgeons with offices in Mt. Arlington, Morristown, Liberty Corner, and Bridgewater, NJ. Call today!

By Affiliated Dermatologists & Dermatologic Surgeons, PA
April 05, 2016
Category: Dermatology
Tags: spider veins  

Current treatment options for spider veins

It seems all of a sudden you have thin red lines running up and down your legs and spider veinsfeet. They almost look like a web of veins cascading down your leg. They’re called spider veins, or telangiectasias, and they are very common. They differ from varicose veins by their size and pattern. All you know is you don’t like showing off your legs anymore. Help is just a phone call away from the doctors at Affiliated Dermatologists & Dermatologic Surgeons in Morristown, Mt. Arlington, Liberty Corner, and Bridgewater, New Jersey.

The doctors at Affiliated Dermatologists & Dermatologic Surgeons want you to know that typically, spider veins are not harmful, but they can sometimes ache or burn.

There are some things you can do to prevent spider veins. Remember to:

  • Elevate your legs and don’t cross your legs
  • Always wear sunscreen
  • Don’t stand or sit for too long, keep moving and changing position
  • Wear supportive footwear and loose clothing that doesn’t constrict blood flow

Once you have spider veins, don’t despair. The doctors at Affiliated Dermatologists & Dermatologic Surgeons have an effective treatment to remedy spider veins. It’s called sclerotherapy and has been used by the office to treat spider veins for over 25 years.

Sclerotherapy involves your doctors injecting a solution into your spider veins that closes up the veins. Your blood will flow to a healthier, larger vein. The spider veins fade and become unnoticeable. Sclerotherapy can be performed in 10 to 30 minutes with only about an hour of downtime.

You deserve to look your best so if you have spider veins, don’t suffer! Don’t let spider veins keep you from wearing shorts and enjoying your summer. Call the doctors at Affiliated Dermatologists & Dermatologic Surgeons with offices in Morristown, Mt. Arlington, Liberty Corner, and Bridgewater, New Jersey. They can help you get rid of embarrassing spider veins, so call today!