Spider veins

Beautiful legs even in shorts!

For many people, flawless skin, even on the legs without visible veins and vascular patterns, is an important part of their well-being. Who doesn’t want to show off their legs at the pool, wear breezy skirts in summer or sweat in shorts when doing sports? Beautiful, smooth, even skin from the feet to the bottom, without spider veins and unwanted hair growth: laser treatments are not wishful thinking, but aesthetic well-being without restrictions – sustainable and long-lasting. Let us advise you, we look forward to bringing you closer to your ideal beauty.

Method

How does the removal of spider veins on the legs work?

There are two procedures to remove spider veins. Laser therapy or sclerotherapy. A combination of both forms of therapy can be particularly useful in the case of extensive and severe occurrence of bruising. In our practice in Rapperswil-Jona on Lake Zurich, both methods are preceded by a dermatological examination of the affected areas of skin, a specialist analysis of the tissue and an individual consultation. Both procedures are very established and effective therapies.

Laser therapy:

We use a state-of-the-art, established and reliable long-pulsed 1064 nm NDYAG laser in our practice. This is important because the treatment of spider veins requires a reliably long-pulsed professional laser. The laser beam penetrates the skin until the target structure is reached, i.e. the red or blue color of the spider vein. The colored tissue is destroyed by the energy of the laser and is then automatically broken down by the body. The skin surface remains completely untouched, the effect is a more even tissue color on the treated body parts without disturbing veins and veinlets on the legs.

Sclerotherapy:

Here, a type of adhesive (polidocanol) is injected into the spider veins, which are then “glued” together. Using a special light source, even the smallest veins under the skin are visible and treated. By injecting polidocanol, blood can no longer flow through the vessel and the vessel becomes clogged. The success of sclerotherapy is particularly reliable if consistent compression is applied after treatment using compression bandages or support tights.

Both methods always require several treatments. After the first appointment, the findings may even worsen, as deeper spider veins may only then become visible.

The great advantage of laser therapy is that no compression bandages or support stockings are required afterwards.

If you have a large number of spider veins, it is quite possible to combine both procedures. Sclerotherapy allows you to work faster and over a larger area. In addition, this procedure is also used to treat somewhat larger vessels that the laser is no longer able to obliterate. At a later stage, the laser is then used for reworking.

Get rid of the spider veins!

What do you need to consider when removing spider veins?

Treatment to remove spider veins can only be carried out if the affected areas of skin are not tanned. Otherwise, unsightly marks may appear on the treated areas of skin. After treatment, it is essential to avoid direct sunlight for three to four weeks. Treatment in the fall or winter months is therefore recommended. Regular skin care with a high sun protection factor or textile sun protection is also advisable on the legs, regardless of skin type.

In addition, so-called chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) must be ruled out before spider vein treatment. This can be recognized by the fact that you get thick lower legs or can hardly put on your shoes when travelling by plane, after long periods of standing or in extreme heat.

In this case, it is advisable to have a venous assessment carried out by a phlebologist (vein specialist) before undergoing spider vein treatment. It may then be necessary to first perform a surgical repair (stripping) or laser sclerotherapy in the vessel of the larger veins.

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  • Thigh
  • Lower leg
  • Popliteal fossa
  • Ankle

Causes

Why are there spider veins or varicose veins?

Spider veins are extensions of tiny skin veins, small, dilated blood vessels that can be seen as net-like lines on the skin. They are located directly under the surface of the skin and are usually bluish or reddish in color. Spider veins form when the connective tissue of the vein wall wears out and the venous valves no longer function properly. These valves are normally responsible for regulating the blood flow in the veins from the leg towards the heart, i.e. against the force of gravity. If the valves are weak or damaged, the blood can flow back into the veins and accumulate there, causing the veins to expand and branch out. This results in “bulges” that are visible to the naked eye. Spider veins are a special form of varicose veins (varicose veins, varicosis), which is why they are also known as spider vein varicose veins. They are significantly smaller than varicose veins. They usually occur locally on the thighs and inner sides of the lower legs. However, spider veins on the ankle or in the hollow of the knee are also not uncommon. If skin veins on the face are dilated, they are not referred to as spider veins but as telangiectasias.

There are various reasons that can promote the appearance of spider veins:

  • Inheritance:

    A genetic predisposition may play a role. If family members have spider veins, you are more likely to develop them too.

  • Overweight:

    Being overweight increases the pressure on the veins, which can lead to a weakening of the venous valves.

  • standing or sitting activities:

    Occupations or activities where you remain in one position for a long time can impair blood flow and promote the development of spider veins.

  • Pregnancy:

    During pregnancy, the blood volume in the body increases, which can increase the pressure on the veins. In addition, hormonal changes during pregnancy can weaken the vein walls.

  • Hormonal changes:

    Hormonal changes associated with puberty, pregnancy, menopause or the use of hormonal contraceptives can influence the appearance of spider veins.

  • Sun exposure:

    UV rays can damage the skin layers and promote the formation of spider veins.

  • Smoking:

    Smoking can impair the elasticity of blood vessels and affect blood flow, which in turn can promote the development of spider veins.

Experience

What results can be achieved with laser therapy for veins and redness on the face?

For many people – and especially women – spider veins are an unsightly change to the skin on the legs, they are perceived as unsightly, ugly and very annoying. The two dermatological therapies (laser and/or sclerotherapy) can provide a very good remedy and thus achieve great satisfaction. I have patients who dare to go out in public in shorts or skirts for the first time in years after a treatment.

Dr. Susanne Kristof
SK-AESTHETICS, Rapperswil-Jona

Advantages

What are the advantages of laser or flash lamp hair removal?

What is absolutely unbeatable about hair removal with a flash lamp is the cell-sparing and permanent effect of hair removal.

While painful epilation or annoying shaving have to be repeated again and again, the use of a laser-based device achieves a permanent effect in hair removal, smooth skin forever, hairlessness without regrowth and thus a considerable relief in the area of beauty care.

  • beautiful legs
  • No scars
  • No downtime
  • Smooth skin texture
  • even fabric
  • Successful and effective
  • targeted use
  • Tried and tested over many years

Risks

What are the risks or side effects?

Laser therapy and sclerotherapy for spider veins on the legs and thighs is often perceived as unpleasant, sometimes painful. A topical anesthetic cream can help to alleviate this.

The skin must not be tanned for the treatment and the legs must not be exposed to direct sunlight for several days to weeks afterwards. The skin may be reddened immediately after treatment.

Particularly sensitive skin types may experience swelling, but this usually subsides quickly. A light cooling afterwards, moisturizing care products and good sun protection are usually sufficient for aftercare.

Compression bandages, support stockings or tights must be worn after sclerotherapy.

My advice

When examining the areas of skin affected by vascular changes, it is important to first make sure that it is not a case of chronic venous insufficiency, for example.

This must be treated very differently from the simple removal of annoying spider veins. However, this individual specialist diagnosis is of course part of our processes at SK AESTHETICS.

FAQs – Frequently asked questions

Varicose veins are considerably larger in diameter than spider veins, even if their cause is similar. Their treatment or removal must be carried out by a vascular surgeon, a phlebologist.

Spider veins are not usually a serious medical problem. They are mainly treated for cosmetic reasons. Nevertheless, it is important to check for accompanying symptoms such as pain or swelling before treatment in order to rule out a misdiagnosis.

As a rule, three to four treatments are necessary to achieve a good result. Unfortunately, this does not mean that all spider veins are gone, but there is a very clear difference to the previous condition.

In these cases, I usually recommend having another treatment carried out every year, because unfortunately new spider veins will appear continuously and repeatedly.

Prices

Spider veins from CHF 200.00

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