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Start Today To Enjoy a Vein Free Summer

By: Dr. Berggren
Topics: General
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Spider Veins are a huge cosmetic concern for many patients and cause many to “cover up” even in the heat of summer. Treating spider veins is rarely a medical necessity (although some seek treatment to relieve the aching from larger varicose veins), but for those who want it, spider vein-free legs are easily within reach. 

Spider veins are pink, red, or purple and can occur on ankles, lower legs, or thighs as lines or clusters. The cause of these vessels is unknown, but they are more common in women. A hereditary tendency is probably one of the most significant factors. Pregnancy, hormone replacement therapy, oral contraceptives, obesity, trauma and long periods of standing or sitting may cause vessels to appear or become more prominent. Exercise, weight loss, and support hose may help limit the number of new vessels, but will not prevent the development of new vessels.   

Ridding yourself of spider veins is safe and easy. Sclerotherapy, the gold standard for treating spider veins, involves injecting a solution into the veins which causes them to collapse and shut down over time. Blood flow is redirected to deeper and healthier veins safely. The procedure feels like a tiny needle stick and is extremely well-tolerated. A few sessions are usually required.  Results are very satisfying, last for years and usually require occasional maintenance to remain vein-free. Laser treatments are also available but their usefulness is limited to minute spider veins in most cases as sclerotherapy is more effective and comfortable for the larger spider veins. 

If larger bulging veins are present, whether aching or not, they often require ultrasound evaluation before a treatment plan can be rendered.  If you have a personal or family history of clotting or bleeding disorders, you may need to undergo additional evaluation.  Find a doctor who is board certified in dermatology or vascular surgery and experienced in doing these procedures so that this summer the shorts can come out of the closet!