Spider veins may be small, but they’re still a very frustrating problem for many men and women today. The good news is that spider veins are easily treatable. Bayou City Dermatology offers spider vein treatment options like sclerotherapy and laser treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions
What causes spider veins?
Spider veins are small, thin, bluish-purple or red veins on the skin very near the surface of the legs. Compared with other veins in the body, leg veins have the toughest job of carrying blood back to the heart, sometimes resulting in the backup of blood in the leg, called venous reflux. Spider veins appear in the legs due to the pressure of body weight, gravity, and the task of carrying blood from the bottom of the body up to the heart. They can also appear on the foot and the face.
Does vein disease affect women and men equally?
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, nearly 50 to 55 percent of women and 40 to 45 percent of men in the United States suffer from some type of vein problem. Varicose veins affect half of people 50 years and older.
What happens to my vein after it has been treated?
After sclerotherapy, collapsed veins will then be dissolved and reabsorbed by the body. Patients will usually have some bruising for about a week after treatment and some minor aching in the treated leg for 24-48 hours after treatment.
Are spider veins dangerous?
In addition to pain and the impact on quality of life, varicose veins will not get better on their own. In fact, they will get worse over time. If varicose veins are left untreated there is a risk of darkening of the skin, chronic swelling and difficult to treat wounds called venous stasis ulcers. Ignored, it may also lead to a condition called stasis dermatitis that often causes a red rash on the legs and the skin may become shiny, hairless and develop brownish discolored areas. Spider veins are rarely a serious health problem, but they can produce uncomfortable feelings in the legs.
What is sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy involves using a very small needle to inject a medication called sclerosant directly into the vein. For larger veins that are below the surface of the leg, the physician will use ultrasound to visualize the veins to be treated and guide injections. Smaller veins on the very surface of the leg will be treated by the nurse or physician without the use of ultrasound. The sclerosant causes the lining of the vein to swell until the vessel is sealed shut. These collapsed veins will then be dissolved and reabsorbed by the body.
Will I need to be hospitalized or take time off work?
All treatment is done in the office with local anesthetic and produces minimum discomfort for the patient. Because treatments are minimally invasive, patients are able to drive, return to work and resume most of their normal activities the same day as or the day after treatment.