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Spider Veins

Treatment Options for Spider Veins

Spider veins are a common unwanted issue for many patients. The medical term for spider veins is telangiectasias. Spider veins can be multiple colors, red, purple or blue are the most common.

 

Causes of Spider Veins

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Spider veins are superficial small bands of pooled blood vessels (veins) located just under the skin. Most often they do not outwardly bulge.  Spider veins alone is not necessarily a condition that a requires medical attention. There is a strong hereditary component that contributes to the formation of spider veins. Spider veins, however, can be an indication of a deeper issue of chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). Chronic venous insufficiency of the lower extremities is a term for a vein disorder that causes blood to flow backwards and pool in the legs. If a deeper issue such as CVI is identified, treatment of CVI via ablation or removal will often help prevent or delay additional spider veins from forming. At Precision VIR, our experts will be able to help assess and detect CVI with a thorough physical exam and duplex ultrasound. To schedule an appointment please call us at 214-382-3200 or complete the form below.

Symptoms of Spider Veins

Spider veins often are unsightly and a cosmetic nuisance. They usually do not cause pain, swell or bulge. They can occasionally itch and burn. If you have spider veins or notice an increasing number of spider veins, and are experiencing other feelings of discomfort (tiredness, heaviness, achiness) or pain, this may be a sign of an underlying chronic venous insufficiency of the legs.

Factors That Contribute to Spider Veins

Hereditary factors play a big role in who develops spider veins. Statistically they occur most frequently in women and individuals that have occupations that require them to stand or sit for long periods of time. In general, any condition that puts added pressure on the circulatory system increases the chance of spider vein formation.

The most common factors are:

  • Occupation/Lifestyle
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Sun Exposure
  • Trauma/injury
  • Heredity factors
  • Older age
  • Hormones
  • Overweight Condition

What are My Treatment Options for Spider Veins?

Sclerotherapy is the most common treatment of spider veins. The treatment session takes around 20-45 minutes and is an office based procedure that is performed in the comfort and convenience of Precision VIR’s offices in the DFW area. Usually, 2-3 sessions are necessary, depending on the severity and number of spider veins. Noticeable results are usually achieved 6-8 weeks after treatment. Sclerotherapy is very safe and patients can return to normal activity immediately after treatment.

If you feel you have spider veins that need treatment, the expert vein doctors at Precision VIR will evaluate your veins and tailor a treatment plan which will help you get the best results. This may involve initially ruling out a deeper issue with a duplex ultrasound. To schedule an appointment please call us at 214-382-3200 or complete the form below.

F.A.Q.s About Spider Veins

What Are Spider Veins?

Spider veins are a common unwanted issue for many patients. The medical term for spider veins is telangiectasias. Spider veins can be multiple colors, red, purple or blue are the most common. Spider veins are superficial small bands of pooled blood vessels (veins) located just under the skin. Most often they do not outwardly bulge.  Spider veins alone are not necessarily a condition that a requires medical attention. Spider veins, however, can be an indication of a deeper issue of chronic venous insufficiency (CVI).

Do Spider Veins cause pain?

Spider veins most commonly are not painful. Although they may be associated with pain and aching in the legs if there is an underlying venous disease issue.

What is the treatment for Spider Veins?

Sclerotherapy is the most common treatment of spider veins. The treatment session takes around 20-45 minutes and is an office based procedure that is performed in the comfort and convenience of Precision VIR’s offices. Usually, 2-3 sessions are necessary, depending on the severity and number of spider veins. Noticeable results are usually achieved 6-8 weeks after treatment. Sclerotherapy is very safe and patients can return to normal activity immediately after treatment.

What is the correct treatment plan for me?

At Precision VIR we will take out time to evaluate your spider veins and legs to tailor a personalize treatment plan that will ensure the best results. Call us today at 214-382-3200 to schedule a consultation or complete the form below.

Myths About Varicose Veins And Spider Veins

MYTH: Varicose Veins Are Not A Result of Prolonged Standing or Sitting

Truth: Those spending significant time on their feet are at higher risk for developing varicose veins. It is recommended that those with careers where they are often on their feet, such as restaurant servers or athletes, rest each day by elevating their feet above their heart.

MYTH: Crossing Legs Often Contributes to Varicose Veins And Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI)

Truth: Crossing your legs has little correlation to varicose veins and CVI.

MYTH: Spider Veins Are the Same Thing as Varicose Veins

Truth: Both varicose and spider veins are caused by dysfunctional valves inside the veins. However, they appear as a nest of blue or red veins just under the surface of the skin, and do not protrude from beneath the skin. Though they do not pose a medical risk, spider veins can be removed with minimally invasive procedures for cosmetic reasons.

MYTH: Men Are Not at Risk for Developing Varicose Veins and CVI

Truth: Men, though less likely than women to develop varicose veins, are at risk for CVI. In fact, 42% of men are expected to develop varicose veins by the time they reach their 60s.3 However, the majority of those do not seek treatment until symptoms worsen.

MYTH: Varicose Veins Are a Cosmetic Issue and Don’t Need to Be Treated

Truth: Varicose veins, though often thought of as a cosmetic nuisance, can progress to CVI, a more serious medical condition. CVI is a progressive disease that can result in increasingly serious symptoms if not treated, including leg pain, swelling, skin damage and ulcers. And, as a treatable condition, varicose veins can be mitigated by various minimally invasive treatments before they progress, including ClosureFast (previously known as Venefit™) Targeted Endovenous Therapy.

MYTH: Genetics And Age Do Not Factor into the Development of Varicose Veins and CVI

Truth: Genetics and age are large contributors to varicose veins and CVI development. In fact, women older than 50 are most likely to develop CVI4. And, if you have a family member who suffers from varicose veins or symptoms of CVI, you are more likely than others to develop varicose veins in your lifetime.

MYTH: Varicose Veins and CVI Treatment Are Just Too Expensive to Consider

Truth: Because varicose veins can progress to a more serious medical condition called CVI, many insurance plans will cover treatment of varicose veins.

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Our goal is to deliver the most innovative, effective, safest and compassionate medical care. We specialize in minimally invasive interventions treating a wide gambit of conditions. We have expertise in all vascular disease and all minimally invasive procedures. We are committed to excellence in the field of Interventional Radiology and minimally invasive surgery. At Precision VIR, we focus on being expert consultants to our referring physicians as well as providing top notch care to our patients.

Our team is committed to superior patient care, research and education. The commitment of our staff, physicians and nurses to our mission permits us to maintain a high quality environment serving our patients and the community. Known for their expertise, our doctors are often called upon to teach their techniques to surgeons around the country.

We are experts in the field of venous disease and will do our best to help you both understand and treat the problem. Our doctor specialists have extensive experience with all types of vein patients including patients with connective tissue disorders and patients in the bariatric surgery patient population.

Precision VIR utilizes many state-of-the-art modalities to treat veins of all sizes. Our vascular experts will carefully evaluate each patient and confer with the patient to formulate an individualized treatment plan. The choice of medical treatment depends upon the severity, size, location, and depth of the diseased veins.

At Precision VIR, we have expertise in all available minimally invasive techniques. Our specialists will take the time to answer your questions about spider veins and our advanced procedures to treat venous disease. After an initial evaluation, we tailor the correct procedures with patient comfort, safety and maximum effectiveness in mind. To schedule an appointment please call us at 214-382-3200 or complete the form below.

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This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Prior to starting any new treatment or questions regarding a medical condition, always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified health provider.