Red, blue, and purple spider veins are a cosmetic problem for many people. While veins on the legs may be covered up with long pants, these veins can also appear on other parts of the body, including the nose and cheeks. While spider veins are not a serious health concern, they can have a huge impact on a person’s self esteem and quality of life. Thankfully, this problem is easily treatable. One of the most common and effective spider vein treatments available today is surface sclerotherapy.
What should La Vista, NE patients know about spider veins?
Spider veins are small, visible veins that are usually red, purple, or blue in color. These veins may have a pattern reminiscent of a spider web or tree branches. Unlike varicose veins, which occur in larger veins further under the skin, spider veins are close to the skin’s surface.
In many cases these veins are associated with chronic venous disease. This refers to a breakdown in a vein’s ability to efficiently transport blood back to the heart. Blood is allowed to pool backwards into the diseased vein, causing the visible color that makes the problem so unsightly.
There are many factors that influence a person’s risk of experiencing spider veins. People are more likely to have them as they grow older and if they have a family history of the problem. Sitting or standing in the same place for an extended period of time can also increase the risk. Women are more at risk for this problem during times of hormonal fluctuations like pregnancy and menopause. Lifestyle changes like regular exercise and wearing compression stockings can help to lower the risk of spider veins or slow the progression of the problem, but it is unlikely that these methods will eliminate the appearance of already existing veins.
Choices for spider vein treatment
Thankfully there is an effective option available for people hoping to get rid of spider veins. Surface sclerotherapy is a treatment choice that is popular among patients and doctors alike. Its popularity stems from its ease, effectiveness, and safety.
Spider vein doctors like Dr. Thomas Whittle recommend surface sclerotherapy for spider veins because it uses only a very fine needle – no surgical incisions are required. A spider vein specialist will insert the needle directly into the diseased vein where it will deliver a chemical solution. This solution irritates the lining of the vein wall, causing the vein to swell shut. Once shut, the vein no longer carries blood. The body replaces it with scar tissue, causing the appearance of the vein to slowly disappear.
While it may take a few sessions for the spider veins to disappear completely, surface sclerotherapy has the advantage of being able to cover a large area at a time. Even if more than one session is required, you will find that the appointments take very little time out of your day. Most patients are able to go back to their daily routine immediately after treatment.
Undergoing surface sclerotherapy at a spider vein center like Heartland Vein and Vascular Institute allows you to treat spider veins quickly and effectively. If you are interested in learning more about this procedure or have questions about the cost of spider vein treatment, give our office a call at 402.835.0591. We can advise you on the next steps to take to make spider veins a thing of the past. With fast, effective treatments like surface sclerotherapy available, there is no reason to live with unsightly spider veins.