Spider veins and small varicose veins are common vascular conditions that can make the affected areas of the skin appear unsightly. In a few cases, these veins may cause discomfort or other problems if left untreated for a long time. If a patient wants to get rid of undesirable spider veins, they may consult with a skin care expert who is qualified to treat vascular conditions.
The treatment provider will carefully determine the patient’s candidacy for spider vein treatment and try to understand their reasons for seeking this procedure. Dr. Steven Zimmet is an experienced dermatologist providing innovative and advanced treatments for spider veins to patients in Austin, TX, and surrounding communities.
Sometimes the appearance of spider veins may be very mild or insignificant, requiring no specific treatment. In such cases, the treatment provider may advise against seeking any major therapy. However, if the spider veins appear conspicuously on one or more part of the body, and the patient is unhappy or troubled by their appearance, they may make a good candidate for spider vein treatment.
The patient should have the commitment to follow the complete course of treatment prescribed by the dermatologist. They should diligently follow any preparatory or recovery instructions to achieve the full benefits of treatment. A fantastic candidate will also have a positive outlook, clear goals, and realistic expectations from the spider vein procedure. The provider may present spider vein before and after photos to help the patient decide whether they want to go ahead with the treatment.
In some cases, the treatment provider may first try to assess whether the patient has tried other alternatives such as losing weight, following a good exercise and fitness regimen, or wearing compression stockings. If the problem of spider veins has persisted despite these efforts, the patient may be an appropriate candidate for vein treatment.
If the treatment provider wants to use sclerotherapy to address the problem of spider veins, they should first discuss the procedure with the patient. If the patient is comfortable with the idea of this relatively simple and completely non-surgical procedure that involves small injections of a medicated saline solution that will be delivered directly to the affected veins, then they are likely to be a suitable candidate for sclerotherapy.
Who is not a Good Candidate?
Not everyone who suffers from spider veins and is bothered by their appearance may be a good candidate for vein treatment. The patient may not be a suitable candidate if:
- They are suffering from a specific illness or infection that can interfere with the spider vein treatment.
- They are bedridden or pregnant.
- They are on anticoagulants or blood thinning medications.
- They suffer from an arterial disease in the legs or have other vein or vascular problems.
- They have had a blood clot. In such case, the eligibility of the candidate will depend on the cause and location of the clot.
Dedicated dermatology expert Dr. Zimmet receives patients from Austin, TX, and nearby areas for spider vein treatment and various other skin care procedures.