What Are Spider Veins?
Spider veins have the same underlying cause as varicose veins, but they are much smaller. They are closer to the skin’s surface and look red, purple, or blue. They occur on the legs and ankles but are also common on the face.Book an Appointment
More on Spider Veins
For the most part, spider veins are swollen, dilated capillaries that cause more of an appearance issue than anything else. However, in some cases, spider veins can cause leg pain, especially when you must be standing for prolonged periods of time. Patients may experience spider veins as they grow older, have hormonal changes (puberty, pregnancy, menopause), or encounter weight fluctuations.
If you have concerns about spider veins, there are safe and effective treatment options available to remove them. Non-surgical treatment options include:
- Exercises such as walking or swimming
- Elevating the leg when resting
- Maintaining a healthy body weight
- Wearing compression socks
Specializing in Treating Spider Veins
It takes a qualified vein surgeon to identify and treat vein spider veins. With over 30 years’ experience, Dr. Jerome Naifeh has the expertise to properly diagnose and treat spider veins. We treat spider veins with a safe in-office procedure known as sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy treatments removes spider veins safely. We have performed thousands of these treatments.Call Now: (214) 471-5909
Spider Vein Treatment
Most patients will only need local spider vein treatment, which involves sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy is performed by injecting the spider veins with a chemical that locally destroys the spider veins. It is usually a simple procedure but can lead to discoloration of the skin and in rare cases skin ulceration.
Although effective, sclerotherapy treatments usually require several sessions for desired outcomes. Spider vein treatment is usually not covered by insurance.
Why Do I Have Varicose Veins and/or Spider Veins?
Anyone can be affected by varicose veins and spider veins. There are some factors that are known to contribute to the development of vein problems:
- AGE – veins lose their elasticity over time, causing circulation problems.
- FAMILY HEALTH HISTORY – venous insufficiency runs in families.
- HEIGHT – the taller you are, the more likely you are to develop varicose veins or spider veins.
- HISTORY OF DEEP VEIN THROMBOSIS – a previous blood clot increases risk of additional vein issues.
- INACTIVITY – sitting or standing for long periods at work, during travel, or as lifestyle inhibits blood circulation.
- PHYSICAL TRAUMA – damage to blood vessels in the lower limbs can lead to venous insufficiency later.
- PREGNANCY – hormonal changes, blood pressure changes, and weight gain contribute to vein disorders.
- GENDER – females are twice as susceptible to the development of varicose or spider veins.
- WEIGHT – excess weight contributes to increased pressure in the veins of the legs.
Spider Vein Symptoms
Though being primarily treated as an appearance issue, spider veins should be looked at by our vein specialists, as they could be a first sign of another underlying problem. Symptoms may include:
- Unsightly appearance
- Consistent itching
- Throbbing in the leg
- Leg pain during prolonged periods of standing
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms, contact our clinic to set up a personal consultation with Dr. Naifeh. Keep an eye out for other trouble signs in the spider veins – bleeding, spreading or changing color. Seek medical care especially if you have any sign of liver disease, such as yellowing skin, swollen stomach, or history of alcohol abuse.
Take the next step to restore your health. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Naifeh to learn what treatment options are available for your condition.
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