Spider veins on the chest are most likely related to damage caused by too much sun exposure and are relatively simple to treat with sclerotherapy for larger veins. Sclerotherapy is a procedure in which the physician injects a sclerosant into the dilated veins with a needle so tiny most people will not feel it, but may feel a mild burning sensation. The sclerosant will cause the vein to close and the vein will not be as apparent.
Spider veins in this area can also be attributed to female hormones, steroid hormones, or can be a sign the patient is suffering from liver disease, Cushing’s syndrome, or other systemic diseases, so diagnosis by a physician is of utmost importance. Smaller veins visible on the chest are best treated with laser, IPL or radiofrequency equipment which are quicker methods that provide almost instantaneous results.
Varicose veins on the chest and trunk appear both on men and women, but are often caused by pregnancy in women and are relatively benign. They are also linked to the life threatening vein disease deep vein thrombosis (DVT), or cirrhosis of the liver, a disease attributed to alcoholism, however, so physician diagnosis is always recommended. Unlike their counterpart spider veins, varicose veins can be extremely painful, leading to an increased desire for treatment. Caused by blood backing up in the veins, earlier methods of treatment were almost more painful than the veins themselves, involving surgery under a general anesthetic with long incisions and even longer recovery times. Today’s treatment options are usually performed under local anesthetic with much less pain and use lasers to break down the vein with only a local anesthesia and resulting in minor bruises. Sclerotherapy is also used to treat varicose veins when varicose veins appear on the chest.
Both types of veins can be easily treated when examined and diagnosed by a knowledgeable physician and are also excellent diagnostic tools for diseases the patient may not have previously realized he or she has. The treatments spoken about here are just a sampling of what’s available; it’s worth discussing with your doctor about all the options, including natural remedies that may help as well.