Spider veins are exactly as they sound…thin and long-legged, stretching and coiling in web-like clusters beneath the skin often causing pain, discomfort and a displeasing appearance.
However, spider veins are easily treated, and we offer many options for spider vein treatment and spider vein removal at VeinSolutions in Austin and Georgetown.
What are Spider Veins?
More than 40% of women will develop some type of vein disorder before the age of 80, and for many of them, it is spider veins.
Spider veins are a group of abnormal, dilated veins resembling spider webs or tree branches appearing close to the surface of the skin, typically on the legs and face. They are most common in people over the age of 50.
Symptoms can range from nonexistent (other than their obvious appearance) to extremely painful swelling, throbbing, or burning where the veins are located.
What causes Spider Veins?
Spider veins are caused, much like varicose veins, by poorly functioning vein valves. These weak or damaged valves prevent blood from flowing up to the heart as it should, instead causing it to drain and pool lower in the body, usually the legs.
These pools of blood in the legs eventually start to spread and form spider veins. A number of risk factors that are known contributors to the development of spider veins include:
- Gender, women are affected up to four times more frequently than men
- Birth control pills, or other hormonal changes such as puberty, pregnancy, and menopause
- Blood clots
- Prolonged standing
- Trauma or injury to the skin
- Increased abdominal pressure, such as from tumors and chronic constipation
- Ultraviolet ray exposure, leading to spider veins on the cheeks and nose
While many of these factors are unavoidable, you can take some measures to help slow down, if not prevent, the development of spider veins and symptoms by maintaining a healthy weight, eating a balanced diet, staying active, and wearing compression stockings to stimulate circulation in the legs.
What are symptoms of Spider Veins?
The most obvious sign of spider veins is their thin, fine, web-like appearance under the skin.
They are usually blue, red, or purple in color. Spider veins that are tightly configured can also resemble a bruise.
Other symptoms of spider veins are:
- Swelling and pain in the legs
- An itching or burning sensation on the skin’s surface
- Sensitivity to the touch
How are Spider Veins treated?
Spider veins are best treated early on when they are still very thin, before they can potentially develop into thicker, more difficult varicose veins.
At VeinSolutions, our board-certified vascular surgeons offer highly effective yet minimally-invasive treatments to ease symptoms and erase your spider veins using sclerotherapy.
Sclerotherapy is an injection treatment that breaks down the abnormal and damaged veins and ultimately eliminates them. The procedure is completed in our office with minimal discomfort and recovery time via a thin needle inserted into the vein carrying a chemical solution. Normal activities (except for heavy lifting and exercise) can typically be resumed afterwards right away.
At VeinSolutions in Austin and Georgetown, let us help you say ‘so long’ to your spider veins, and ‘hello’ to smoother, more even-toned skin!