Spider veins

What are spider veins?

Spider veins are extensions of tiny skin veins that appear as reticular lines on the skin and resemble spider webs.

 

Facts about spider veins:

  • Spider veins are small blood vessels that lie close to the surface of the skin on the legs
  • They get their name because they look like spider webs
  • They usually shimmer reddish, purple or bluish through the skin
  • Spider veins are not the same as varicose veins
  • From a medical point of view, they are usually harmless, but they often pose a cosmetic problem for those affected and sometimes limit their quality of life.

 

How do spider veins develop?

The probability of getting spider veins is greatly increased if one parent or even both parents have spider veins. The trigger is a weakness of the connective tissue, which causes the vein walls to wear out in the course of life. This especially applies to the veins in the legs. In addition, there are other risk factors that promote the appearance of spider veins and can also make them worse. These include: predominantly standing or sitting activity, smoking and alcohol consumption, high blood pressure, and taking blood-thinning medications.

 

Conventional methods of spider vein treatment:

  • Sclerotherapy – This involves injecting a sclerosing agent into the vein with a fine needle
    • Possible side effects:
      • Large melanin spots and the vessels under the skin may burst
      • Small skin bleedings
      • Bruising and temporary discoloration
      • Allergies to the sclerosing agent
      • Acute thromboembolism
      • Local and generalized infection
  • Laser treatment
    • Possible side effects:
      • Burns
      • Scarring
      • Hypo- and hyperpigmentation
      • Pain
      • Purpura
      • Blisters
      • Edema
      • Crusts
      • Bleeding
      • Unwanted hair loss

Treatment with phlebolyser:

The most comfortable way of treatment. The spider veins are punctured by the targeted application of radiofrequency and electrolysis, and the blood supply is thereby obliterated. The healthy skin cell is not damaged in this process. The physical process of obliteration occurs in the vessel, as the enriched water molecules in the blood are made to vibrate. They heat up and denautorize the vessel (blood sac) from the inside. This can be done without anesthesia, as it is usually uncomfortable but not very painful. The formation of scars or other side effects are not known despite many documentations of the treatment. Important for a sustainable treatment is not only the removal of the skin disorder, but also the treatment of possible metabolic disorders that may have causally led to the skin disorder – treatment with the phlebolyser therefore does not exclude recurrences. Nevertheless, in order to obtain an accurate prognosis, a presentation to the doctor is necessary.

Advantages of phlebolyser treatment:

  • No anesthesia
  • Scarring is not known
  • Gentle and painless method
  • Immediately visible reaction
  • Applicable on any skin
  • Burns excluded, because tool is cold
  • No bleeding
  • No risk of infection
  • No stitches, no pressure bandage
  • Patient is not restricted in any way after treatment