Medical Name: Telangiectsias
Spider veins are a smaller version of varicose veins, which are swollen veins that are caused by poor blood flow. Spider veins normally affect the face and leg areas. A spider vein tends to be closer to the skin's surface than a larger varicose vein. It may have jagged red or blue lines like spider webs or tree branches.
What Causes Spider Veins?
Normally, your veins use special valves that keep blood from pooling in your legs. As in varicose veins, spider veins can happen when these blood valves are too weak to prevent blood from backing up into the veins. Pooled blood shows up in the skin as a red or blue spider vein.
The development of spider veins can be caused by various factors, including:
- Sun Exposure
- Hormonal Changes such as pregnancy or menopause
- Prolonged sitting or standing
Common Symptoms of Spider Veins
You may experience a variety of symptoms related to spider veins, even if there are no red or blue veins visible on the skin. You might have an ache, burning, or itching in your legs or ankles, which might feel worse when you have been standing or sitting for a while. Your ankles or legs may feel swollen or heavy. In some cases, the skin around the spider veins could look darker than the surrounding skin. Sometimes spider veins are asymptomatic.
Treatments for Spider Veins
Sclerotherapy is a nonsurgical treatment procedure in which our vein specialists treat spider veins directly with an injection.The purpose is to remove these unsightly veins with a FDA approved solution that irritates the lining of the vessels. This will cause the veins to close and fade away in 4-8 weeks. The solutions used in the center are FDA approved and are more advanced than the old saline solution that was painful and lead to skin ulcers.
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During the VeinGogh treatment, an insulated needle point apparatus is inserted into the vein where a small amount of energy is delivered. The energy produces heat which causes the blood in the affected vein to coagulate. The coagulation of the blood in the vein will cause it to collapse, in which the body will then simply absorb what's left of the vein.
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