What are Spider Veins?
Spider veins (telangiectasias) are a mild form of varicose vein. They are very small and appear as red, blue or purple in a web of broken blood vessels. Spider veins usually form on the thighs, calves and ankles but can appear on the face, around the nose and lip area as well.
For most people with spider veins, the only symptom is the appearance of the vessel cluster. There may be a red dot in the center of a cluster of thin vessels, but this is not always the case. While these dark and unsightly veins are typically viewed more as a cosmetic concern, they can occasionally cause an itching, burning sensation. These symptoms may signify underlying vein disease. Schedule an appointment with a vein doctor today to determine the root cause of your spider veins.
What Causes Spider Veins?
Causes of spider veins may include heredity, pregnancy or hormonal shifts, weight gain, prolonged sitting or standing, or pre-existing venous insufficiency. Spider veins commonly occur when you have a lot of estrogen in your system, as is the case with chronic liver disease or during pregnancy.
Spider Vein Treatment
The most conservative approach is simply to wear properly-fitted compression stockings, especially when the veins cause painful or uncomfortable symptoms. Be sure to have them properly fitted by a professional, as many sizes, colors and pressure options are available.
Using sclerotherapy and foam sclerotherapy to treat spider veins boast a phenomenal success rate for eliminating those unwanted veins and restoring a youthful appearance to the legs. While traditional sclerotherapy has been used for years to treat venous insufficiency, foam sclerotherapy is a relatively new procedure. Foam sclerotherapy is used to treat longer, larger spider veins.
The experts at The Delaware Vein Center perform both sclerotherapy and foam sclerotherapy as outpatient procedures. The procedures consist of using a very fine needle to inject a solution or sclerosing agent directly into the affected vein. This agent acts to chemically denature the vein lining which then causes the vein to collapse and seal shut. Foam sclerotherapy for spider veins uses the same basic procedure, only air or CO2 is mixed with the sclerosant agent to create foam.
After receiving spider vein treatment, patients can immediately resume most everyday activities. However, for optimal results, our vein doctor recommends compression stockings be worn for a short period of time after the procedure.
Schedule your free vein screening today — whether your spider veins are a mere cosmetic inconvenience or the result of venous insufficiency — our innovative treatments will eliminate those unsightly veins and leave you feeling better than ever before!
Side effects of the procedures are rare; however, they may include, but are not limited to the following:
- Discoloration can immediately be seen being flushed out of the veins but may take anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks to fully fade.
- Larger veins may require several months to dissolve and fade.
- In most cases, brown lines or spots disappear within three to six months.
Should any of the following side effects occur, contact your doctor immediately. These include:
- Inflammation within five inches of the groin
- A sudden onset of a swollen leg
- Formation of small ulcers at the injection site
Am I a Candidate for Treatment?
The Delaware Vein Center will set up an initial consultation with a vein specialist who will decide if you are a good candidate for the procedure. Most individuals with spider veins or small varicose veins are considered candidates, although those with bleeding or cardiovascular problems may not be considered ideal candidates.
Also, those with skin infections, vein thrombosis history, and those taking certain medications may also not be considered candidates. You may have sclerotherapy treatment if you take birth control pills, but you are not eligible if you are pregnant. If you have had a blood clot in the past, your eligibility will be decided on an individual basis.
The consultation stage of treatment is important to ensure the procedure is safe to provide relief from these venous conditions.
How Can Spider Veins Be Prevented?
If you are predisposed to this condition by your family history and genetics, you are likely to get spider veins no matter what you do. While no specific preventive measures are known for spider veins, you may prevent new spider veins from forming by:
- avoiding hormone therapy;
- wearing sunscreen on exposed areas;
- controlling your alcohol consumption; and
- treating liver disease if present.
Frequently Asked Questions About Treatment Procedures
Are there treatment methods available for spider veins other than Sclerotherapy?
The Delaware Vein Center offers both injection sclerotherapy and laser therapy. Laser therapy is an effective treatment for spider veins that appear on the face.
How can I prepare for the procedure?
Eat normally, discontinue taking any Aspirin or blood thinners three days before surgery, shave your legs but do not apply lotion. Remove all jewelry and leave it at home.
Can Sclerotherapy be used on all skin types?
Yes. Although lighter skinned patients seem to respond better.
How successful is Sclerotherapy?
After several treatments, most patients can expect at least 80 percent improvement.
The Delaware Vein Center is based in Georgetown, DE but will gladly welcome and treat patients in the Delaware Metropolitan area including Dover, Wilmington and Newark. At present, the majority of our clients reside in Lewes, Millsboro, Laurel, Seaford, and Milford to name a few. Call today or schedule your consultation online to receive your free comprehensive vein screening.
Due to popular demand, we are providing services to Newark and surrounding areas.
The Delaware Vein Center is devoted to serving the Delaware Metropolitan area, including Dover, Wilmington and Newark. At present, the majority of our patients are located within the Lewes, Millsboro, Laurel, Seaford, and Milford areas to name a few. Call today to find out how The Delaware Vein Center can help you.