A Guide to Good Health

Spider Veins: Causes, Diagnosis, And Treatment Options

Spider veins are very common. They can be caused by age, pregnancy, immobility, injuries, and even hormonal fluctuations. Spider veins look like tiny pink, red, blue, or purple veins, unlike the appearance of varicose veins, which appear very dark, swollen, and rope-like. While most people do not find spider veins particularly painful, they can be uncomfortable and lead to self-consciousness. Here are some things you should know about spider veins, including how an experienced vein specialist can treat them. 

Diagnosing The Underlying Cause Of Spider Veins

During your consultation with your vein specialist, they will examine the areas of your body affected by spider veins and talk to you about your medical history. This is important because while the specialist can treat your spider veins, treating the underlying cause may help prevent them from developing in the future.

The healthcare provider will develop a treatment plan based on your risk factors, as well as the location and appearance of your spider veins. Your doctor may also recommend an ultrasound test to help evaluate venous blood flow and to help identify potential problems with your circulation that may be contributing to your spider vein formation. 

Spider Vein Treatment Options

Following your comprehensive examination, your vein specialist will develop a treatment plan for you. Your treatment will depend on the location and severity of your spider veins, your personal preferences, your preexisting health conditions, and your medical history.

Sclerotherapy is a non-surgical treatment option for spider veins. During this procedure, the vein specialist injects a sclerosing agent into your spider veins, allowing them to shrink and fade. Sclerotherapy is typically the treatment of choice for smaller-sized spider veins and it is done in the healthcare provider's office.

Sclerotherapy is not considered painful and you will be able to resume your normal activities soon after the procedure is over. Laser therapy is another method of spider vein removal. During this procedure, the vein specialist directs a special laser light to the affected areas which will destroy the tiny veins so that they eventually fade. 

If you have spider veins and want to learn more about their cause and treatment options, make an appointment with a vein specialist. During your initial consultation appointment, the healthcare provider will answer your questions and address your concerns about available procedures. Once your spider veins have been effectively treated, you can reclaim your self-confidence, while enjoying a more attractive appearance.