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Spider Veins: Causes, Prevention, Treatment

Spider veins are fine red broken blood vessels that commonly appear on the nose, chin and cheeks, but can appear on any other part of the body. Spider veins have been the cause of embarrassment, leading people to avoid wearing skirts, or applying makeup they wouldn’t have otherwise used. They appear as a result of aging, pregnancy, childbirth, birth control pills, sun damage or Rosacea. They can also appear blue in color and often look like a tree branch or spider web with short jagged lines.

These small, red veins can be easily removed with lasers that are designed to target the clotted blood present in the vessels with strong burst of light. Lasers are very direct and accurate with treatment only lasting for 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the severity. Two to five treatments may be necessary but patients may return back to their daily routine right after treatment.  New York Dermatologist, Dr. Rokhsar is a leading authority in fractional laser therapy. This is treating microscopic sections of skin at a time in order to encourage new collagen production and to ablate the unwanted veins. Dr. Rokhsar has introduced laser treatments to virtually every continent in the world and has taught more physicians on the use of fractional laser treatments than any other physician in the world.

Sclerotherapy is another procedure that effectively treats broken blood vessels. A chemical solution is injected into the veins, making them collapse and form scar tissue to permanently close them, essentially erasing the spider-like appearance of the veins and the eye-catching red or blue appearance. Nearby veins take up re-routed blood flow. Multiple treatments are required to close off all blocked veins, and depending on how enlarged the veins appear, may require more treatments than others. Side effects of sclerotherapy treatments may include slight swelling, bruising and redness at the injection sights. Dr. Rokhsar can effectively diagnose and treat spider veins depending on your skin type and condition.

About author - Dr. Cameron Rokhsar

Dr. Cameron Rokhsar

Dr. Cameron Rokhsar, MD, FAAD, FAACS, is the founder and medical director of the New York Cosmetic, Skin, & Laser Surgery Center. Dr. Rokhsar is a graduate of Harvard College and NYU School of Medicine. Dr. Rokhsar is double board certified in dermatology and micrographic dermatologic surgery, being one of the few select dermatologists in the country who is also fellowship trained in laser surgery. A researcher and innovator, Dr. Rokhsar is the creator of the non-surgical nose job and has been instrumental in the research and development of laser systems such as the Fraxel, CO2, Mirady, Vbeam, Themitight, and Ulthera devices. An Associate Professor of Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC, Dr. Rokhsar actively teaches the cosmetic dermatology clinic to the resident at Mount Sinai. An expert injector of fillers, and a trainer for many companies, patients fly in from around the world to see Dr. Rokhsar in his Garden City and Manhattan offices in New York.

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