Dr Petcha

Spider veins

Spider or thread veins are tree-branch or spider web looking veins that are see under the skin but do not make the skin bulge out like bulging varicose veins

Q & A

What are spider veins?

Surely you have heard of varicose veins and spider veins. However, you may not be certain of the distinction. True, both conditions result in veins that are visibly discolored and visible. However, while varicose veins can be quite large, spider veins are significantly smaller. Typically, varicose veins develop in the legs. However, spider veins can develop on the face, hands, and legs.

What causes spider veins?

Like varicose veins, spider veins are often hereditary. However, they may also indicate a problem with your circulation.

Your veins feature specialized valves. These valves facilitate the circulation of blood. However, if your valves do not function properly, blood may flow backward. Blood flow obstruction frequently results in spider veins or varicose veins. Blood circulation issues can worsen over time. If you notice new spider veins, you should undergo a thorough evaluation.

Can I get rid of my spider veins?

There are a variety of ways to reduce the appearance of spider veins. Your provider may suggest:

Utilizing compression socks

Obtaining a healthy body weight

Getting regular exercise

Utilizing supportive, low-heel footwear

These alterations to your lifestyle can prevent your spider veins from worsening. However, they cannot eliminate existing spider veins. Sclerotherapy may be the most effective method for eliminating unsightly veins.

How is Sclerotherapy performed?

Sclerotherapy, also known as chemical ablation, is a non-invasive method for treating spider veins. During this procedure, a specialized solution is injected into your vein by a trained medical professional. This solution results in the collapse of the vein. The collapsed vein is gradually assimilated by the body. Sclerotherapy may be the best option if you prefer minimally invasive treatments. This procedure does not require anesthesia or sedation and leaves no visible scars. Immediate return to work or school is permitted.

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