Most people who seek treatment for spider veins tend to do so because of their appearance. However, spider veins may be indicative of more serious underlying vein issues such as chronic vein insufficiency, so even if you’re not concerned with the appearance of these veins, an appointment with a vein specialist may still be warranted. Contact us for a consultation today. A proactive approach is the best approach when it comes to your vein health.
What Are Spider Veins?
Spider veins are small, damaged blood vessels that occur at the surface of the skin. Just like varicose veins, these tiny vessels become problematic when valves within the veins don’t function well, allowing blood to backflow and pool, turning the vessels into a reservoir, albeit a very small one.
They are red, purple, or blue in appearance, and they often take on a shape reminiscent of a spider web, hence the name. They are most frequently found in the legs, feet, hands, and face, and chest, though they can appear in other places, as well. Most people don’t feel spider veins but they can occasionally cause pain, itching, or burning in some who suffer from them. They may even bleed, which can be dangerous. Both men and women can be afflicted by spider veins, but they’re more common in women.
What Causes Spider Veins?
Because the tiny, damaged blood vessels that turn into spider veins are so fragile, there are many causes. Here are just some of the most common causes of spider veins:
- Venous Insufficiency
- Hormone fluctuations, either natural or drug induced
- Trauma or injury
- Exposure to sunlight
- Increased age
- Lifestyle or occupation-related prolonged sitting or standing
- History of blood clots
How Are They Treated?
The goal of spider vein treatment is to address the underlying cause, identify and treat it to improve overall vein health and reduce the risk of reoccurrence. Treatments for removing spider veins involve sealing up the vein so that blood flow can be redirected to other vessels. After a time, the appearance of the veins fades as they are reabsorbed into the body. This can be effectively accomplished through a couple different methods.
Here at United Vein Centers, we offer the latest in spider vein treatment options, with our expert vein specialists thoroughly trained in techniques that offer up the best results with the least amount of intervention possible.
This treatment uses a specialized medication that is injected into the vein under ultrasound guidance in an effort to collapse or seal off the damaged vessel, cutting off the blood supply to unattractive spider veins. When closure of the vein has been achieved, the spider veins are reabsorbed into the body. Because it takes the body time to reabsorb the damaged vessels, the veins fade slowly over time.
Laser treatments use a carefully directed pulse of laser light to cause blood clots to form in spider veins. The blood clots cut off the blood supply to the damaged vessels and it is rerouted to nearby functioning vessels. The spider veins are reabsorbed into the body, leading to the appearance of these vessels at the skin’s surface to fade.
Get Treatment for Your Spider Veins at United Vein Centers
At United Vein Centers, our board-certified vein specialists are dedicated to improving our patients’ quality of life and overall health through minimally invasive vein treatments. The care and attention we offer each patient are testament to our dedication to our patients’ vein health.
People often seek a solution to their vein disease because of cosmetic issues but vein disease can result in life-threatening complications. If you’re concerned that you may have a vein disease, it’s important that you contact a vein specialist so that the severity of your condition can be evaluated. Your doctor will work with you to find the right treatment plan based on your health history, your condition, and your lifestyle. If you’d like to meet with one of our highly qualified vein specialists for a consultation, you can find a clinic here, or request a consultation here.
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