Spider veins are dilated or broken blood vessels close to the surface of your skin, which is why they’re so visible. And it’s the appearance of the unsightly, twisted, web-like veins that drive most people to the doctor for treatment. Your vein specialist at the Medex Diagnostic and Treatment Center has years of experience treating and preventing spider veins, varicose veins, and other vein disorders. When it comes to spider veins, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Call today for an evaluation in Queens, NY.
Spider veins derive their name from the clusters they form, which resemble spider webs. They’re most commonly found on your face, legs or abdomen. Although related to varicose veins, spider veins rarely become painful and don’t get as large as their twisted, bulging counterpart. Your doctor at the Medex Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Queens, NY diagnoses whether you have surface spider veins or deeper varicose veins.
While varicose and spider veins differ from each other, they can both be prevented with similar means. Whether you’re just beginning to notice the first faint signs of spider veins, or weak blood vessels are common in your family, talk to your vein doctor about prevention, either before they become a problem or after you’ve them once. Steps to reduce spider veins include:
Spider veins result from weakened valves in your veins that don’t adequately shut after blood flows through them. Faulty valves cause the blood to pool or even flow backward. Where this happens, your blood vessels weaken and thin. They can rupture, bulge or darken, causing varicose veins and spider veins.
Spider veins are a relatively common condition, occurring in about 40 percent of women, and close to 30 percent of men. Genetics also play a role in the development of spider veins, while standing for extended periods puts you at a higher risk. Other causes include:
Unlike the pain and throbbing associated with varicose veins, you usually don’t feel painful symptoms with spider veins. Spider veins can be uncomfortable, but rarely painful. Some of the mild symptoms include:
One of the most safe, successful and effective treatments is sclerotherapy. Your Medex vein specialist injects the spider veins with a solution that causes them to collapse. After the veins are reabsorbed into your body and the blood flow is cut off, the red or blue web-like lines fade within a few weeks. Sclerotherapy is nearly 90 percent effective when performed by a trained physician.
Another popular spider vein treatment relies on lasers. This treatment works particularly well on thinner spider veins that are difficult to treat by injection. Laser heat pulses under your skin, where the spider veins appear. The result is the same as sclerotherapy.
Spider veins don’t turn into varicose veins, which can become life-threatening through deep vein thrombosis, blood clots and ulcers. Treatment for spider veins is typically performed for cosmetic purposes, which is reason enough for most people. Visible marks on your face, arms or legs can lead to psychological issues like depression and low self-esteem.
While treated spider veins won’t return, you’re still at an increased risk of developing new ones. To prevent this, rigorously adhere to the recommendations provided by your Queens vein doctor. For the best possible quality of life, develop a long-term relationship with the doctors at the multi-specialty Medex Diagnostic and Treatment Center for all your healthcare needs. Contact the practice today for an appointment.