The dark colors of spider veins make them surprisingly visible considering they’re such tiny veins. As a result, they’re a big source of embarrassment for most patients. Hampton Vein & Vascular rejuvenates your appearance using sclerotherapy to quickly and effectively eliminate your spider veins. If you’re ready to talk about your treatment options, call the office in Westfield or Rutherford, New Jersey, or schedule an appointment online.
Spider veins develop when the valves in tiny blood vessels near the skin’s surface stop working. These valves normally keep blood flowing in one direction, so when they weaken or become damaged, blood flows backward and starts to accumulate in the vein.
The expanding pool of blood makes the veins enlarge, creating the characteristic reddish-purple veins that tend to spread and create the appearance of a spider’s web. Spider veins can appear anywhere on your body but are most common on the legs and face.
Spider veins seldom cause symptoms. When they’re on your legs, spider veins may occasionally feel itchy or mildly achy, but they’re mostly a cosmetic problem that patients want to remove because they’re unattractive.
In some patients, spider veins may be a sign of an underlying vein problem. For example, the pressure resulting from venous insufficiency may cause your spider veins.
One of the biggest risk factors for spider veins is inactivity due to sitting for a long time. In women, hormone fluctuations also increase the risk because estrogen makes veins dilate, pulling at and weakening the valves. Exposure to sunlight can also cause facial spider veins in patients with fair skin.
Age is also a factor. You’re more likely to develop spider veins as you get older, partly due to age-related weakening of the structures in your veins and partly due to the cumulative effect of risk factors over time.
The primary treatment for spider veins is called sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy consists of an injection of a medication called a sclerosing agent. When your provider at Hampton Vein & Vascular uses a tiny needle to inject the sclerosing agent into your spider veins, the medication collapses the veins. Then your body gradually absorbs the treated tissues, and the veins disappear.
The treated spider veins are permanently eliminated. However, it’s possible to develop new spider veins in the future. You may be able to prevent new spider veins by lowering your risk factors. For example, it helps to take frequent breaks from sitting or to at least stretch and move your legs while seated.
If you’re ready to get rid of unsightly spider veins, call Hampton Vein & Vascular or schedule an appointment online.