Spider veins are a common but embarrassing problem that affects millions of adults all around the country. Fortunately, effective treatment is available to people who struggle with these unsightly veins. Below is some information to help you understand spider veins and choose the treatment option that’s best for you.
What Are Spider Veins?
Spider veins are groups of small blood vessels that make look like a spider web. They typically develop close to the skin’s surface, and they may be purple, red or blue in color. Most spider veins are found on the legs or face, but they may appear in other locations as well.
What Causes Spider Veins?
In most cases, spider veins develop because of problems with the valves inside the veins. When these valves don’t work like they should, blood can pool in the veins and cause them to swell.
Some people are more likely to get spider veins than others. Some of the risk factors that may put you at risk for developing spider veins include:
- A history of blood clots
- Family history of spider veins
- Increasing age
- Being overweight or obese
- Being pregnant
- Taking oral birth control pills
You may also be more likely to get spider veins if you sit or stand for long periods of time.
What Treatments Are Available?
Bellamah Vein Center offers two primary types of treatment to patients with spider veins: sclerotherapy and VeinGogh. Sclerotherapy is an injection-based treatment that eliminates spider veins by introducing a special solution into the interior of each vein. This solution irritates the walls of the vein, causing them to stick together. Eventually, the vein will fade from view.
The VeinGogh procedure uses heat energy to treat spider veins. During this treatment, the doctor uses a small, hair-like needle to deliver small bursts of energy to spider veins. This energy causes the veins to collapse and disappear.
Choosing the Right Treatment
Each of these procedures can effectively eliminate spider veins. The doctors at Bellamah Vein Center can help you decide which treatment option is best for you. In some cases, your doctor may recommend using one of these procedures in combination with endovenous laser treatment or radiofrequency ablation to eliminate reticular veins in the area.
To learn more about your spider vein treatment options, please contact Bellamah Vein Center today.