It is estimated that almost three-quarters of all adult women have spider veins. Although it is less common, men can develop Spider Veins as well. They are similar to Varicose Veins, but are smaller. Spider Veins appear on the surface of the skin. They can appear as short, fine lines, starburst type clusters and can be found on the thighs and calves as well as ankles and feet. Occasionally, they are found on the face. They may, however, be a symptom of venous insufficiency, a more serious health problem. Spider Veins are often a cosmetic concern and usually do not pose a significant health threat.
We offer the very best method to eliminate Spider Veins. Sclerotherapy is very effective and there is no downtime. A saline solution that is injected into the vein, irritating the lining and causing the vein to collapse and disappear. In some cases, Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) may be used either alone or in combination with Sclerotherapy.
Spider veins are caused by abnormal blood flow and weakening of the blood vessel wall in the affected veins. Any condition or activity that puts pressure on the veins can contribute to their development. Causes of Spider Veins include genetics, pregnancy, prolonged standing and sitting, venous insufficiency, injury and high pressure from Varicose Veins.
Tests & diagnosis
The diagnosis is mainly based on the appearance of the leg veins when you are standing or seated with the legs dangling.
During a physical exam, the doctor will check your legs and may request that you have a Venous Sonogram as well as a Doppler scan to check the blood flow in the veins near the skin's surface (called superficial) and deep veins.
When to contact a doctor
While unsightliness is the most common reason for removal, Spider Veins may also be removed to alleviate problems with restless legs, aching, burning, and/or cramps. Contact your doctor if you experience any of these problems or if you simply wish to improve the appearance of your legs.
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