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Spider Veins

What are Spider Veins?

Spider veins are tiny veins that are close to the skin’s surface. As the veins enlarge, they may appear in the form of thin lines, webs, or branches. They take on a red, blue, or purplish appearance.

Spider veins seldom cause pain or harm, but some people may wish to treat them for cosmetic reasons.

Most spider veins can be left untreated, and some will ignore it, however some spider veins can be a first sign of a developing vein disease and should be evaluated by a physician.

What causes Spider Veins?

Spider veins are often the result of tiny blood vessels bursting. Increased pressure or sun damage can cause these to occur.

In the legs, spider veins can occur when the valves inside the veins stop working correctly. The veins carry blood back to the heart. To prevent blood from flowing backward, they contain a one-way valve that closes once the blood passes through it.

If this valve weakens or sustains damage, the blood may have difficulty flowing in the correct direction, and it can begin to pool inside the vein. Over time, this can cause a bulge in the vein that branches out, resulting in spider veins.

We provide treatment options that can remove spider veins or reduce their appearance, giving our patients the confidence, they desire.

How are Spider Veins Treated?

Treatment options for Spider Veins include:

Sclerotherapy

A type of medication called a sclerosing agent is injected into your varicose veins that makes the vein walls collapse. Your body gradually eliminates the treated veins and reroutes blood through healthy veins, restoring normal blood flow and preventing venous insufficiency. If you have spider veins or want to get an evaluation or treatment, call Premier Vascular to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.