Many patients that see us are interested in spider vein treatments. Varicose veins are larger, bulging veins that stick out on the legs. In contrast, spider veins are smaller and closer to the surface than varicose veins. These superficial veins are red and blue in color and look similar to tree branches or spider webs. They can develop anywhere on the body, but they are most commonly found on the legs. This is because the pressure in the veins dilate the skin veins, making them visible in some patients. They are generally more common in women, affecting as many as 40%, but they are also found on men.
Factors that contribute to spider veins include hormone changes, injury, sun exposure, pregnancy, injury and aging. In many families, there appears to be a genetic component.
Indications for Treatment:
For some patients they can also be unsightly and undermine your confidence when your legs are exposed. Many people with spider veins feel uncomfortable showing their legs and will avoid wearing shorts or swim suits. In these patients treatment is considered cosmetic. In some patients, however, the veins can bleed or throb, and thus there can be medical indications for treatment as well.
Spider Vein Treatments:
Sclerotherapy is a safe and effective non-surgical solution for spider veins. It is minimally invasive and performed right in our office, therefore its something that can be done with little break in your daily routine. The treatment involves the injection of a FDA cleared medical solution into the affected vein. The two most common solutions are Sotradecol and Polidocanol (known as Asclera) This causes the veins to fade away over time.
Multiple treatment sessions may be required for the best results, therefore, you should discuss with your care provider the extent of treatment in your plan. Typically the treated vein is absorbed by the body and disappears over time. It is a treatment, not a cure, so its not uncommon for patients to return in subsequent years for a “touch up” when needed. Although improved results are expected, there is no guarantee. Be sure to discuss with your vein doctor the results expected in your case. Based on your expectations, the cost involved can be estimated in advance. Patients return to usual activities the next day after treatment. Compression stockings are worn for a week to keep the veins compressed while they heal.
Check out the six steps you should think about when considering spider vein treatments.
Call for an Appointment
We perform spider vein treatments at both our Bend and Tigard, Oregon, vein centers. Our doctors are some of the regions most experienced sclerotherapists and thus have a wealth of experience treating spider veins. Contact us today to request a consultation with one of our specialists.