Varicose veins are swollen, dark blue or purple blood vessels that you can see and feel beneath the skin. They often look like twisted cords, and usually appear on the calves, thighs, inside of the legs, and ankles. People with varicose veins often experience leg swelling, tired legs, restless legs, night cramps, itching, and skin darkening (especially at the ankles).
Varicose veins form when the valves within a vein weaken and allow some blood to flow backward. The vein weakens under the additional strain and balloons outward, raising the skin surface.
Many people with venous disease seek treatment to reduce the appearance and symptoms of varicose veins. Sometimes significant problems can develop if veins are left untreated. Clogging of the blood in the veins can result in the formation of a clot that blocks blood flow or breaks free and travels to the heart or lungs, causing severe damage and even death. Treatment often relieves discomfort associated with the condition such as swelling, fatigue, itching and cramps.
Spider veins, or telangiectasias, are small, thin, blood vessels visible beneath the skin. They appear on the upper and lower legs and may look like a series of lines, tree branches, or a spider- or web-like shape with a dark center. It is estimated that they affect nearly half of adult women in the U.S.
Spider veins are caused by a variety of factors, including heredity, pregnancy (and other conditions that involve changes in hormone levels), weight gain, long periods of standing, and certain medications. They often appear red or blue, and because they form on the thighs, calves and ankles, many patients are bothered by the way they look. Others seek medical treatment for uncomfortable symptoms such as aching, burning, swelling and cramping. The standard treatments for spider veins is sclerotherapy.
Sclerotherapy is a procedure used to treat spider veins by injecting a solution into the veins which causes them to gradually disappear. By injecting a sclerosing solution, the lining of the veins become irritated and eventually fades away. This method is the preferred treatment for spider veins.
You will have a consultation with our Cosmetic Vein Specialist who will discuss a detailed plan of action for your spider veins and estimate the number and length of treatments that you may need. Most patients require several treatments in order to achieve desired results. There is no downtime other than avoiding strenuous activities for the first 2 to 3 days.
During your consultation, if venous insufficiency or other conditions are suspected we will discuss and offer other treatment options.
Endolaser is one of the newest vein treatments that eliminates the need for surgery. During an endovenous laser treatment (EVLT) procedure, a tiny fiber is inserted into the vein via a needle. Pulses of laser light cause the vein to collapse and seal shut, effectively reducing visibility on the skin surface and eliminating pain and other complications. EVLT is approved by the FDA for treatment of the greater saphenous vein (GSV), the largest vein in the body which runs through the leg, and the small saphenous vein (SSV). After treatment, the treated area is temporarily put in a compression bandage to keep the collapsed vein in place.