What are spider veins?
Spider veins, also known as telangiectasias, are small, thin veins that appear on the surface of the skin. They are usually red, blue, or purple in color and can be seen on the legs, face, and other parts of the body. Spider veins are caused by weak or damaged valves in the veins that allow blood to flow backward and accumulate in the veins.
What causes spider veins?
Spider veins are extremely common and can occur in anyone, but tend to occur more frequently in women experiencing hormonal changes. However it is important to note that anyone can experience spider veins regardless of gender or age. Risk factors for spider veins include include:
What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins, on the other hand, are larger, bulging veins that are often twisted or rope-like in appearance. They can be blue or purple in color and are most commonly found on the legs. Varicose veins are caused by the same underlying issue as spider veins: weak or damaged valves in the veins that allow blood to flow backward and accumulate in the veins. However, varicose veins are more severe and can cause pain, swelling, and discomfort.
What causes varicose veins?
Family history, age, hormonal changes, pregnancy, obesity, and prolonged sitting can also cause varicose veins. In addition, if you have weak or damaged valves, or blot clots you have an increased risk of experiencing varicose veins.
When should I get my spider or varicose veins checked?
Both spider veins and varicose veins are more common in women than men and are often considered a cosmetic issue. However, if left untreated, they can lead to more serious health problems, such as blood clots, skin ulcers, and bleeding.
You should consider getting your varicose veins checked if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
If you are concerned about your varicose veins, you should schedule an appointment with a healthcare provider who can evaluate your condition and recommend appropriate treatment options. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, your healthcare provider may recommend lifestyle changes, compression stockings, or medical procedures to treat your varicose veins.
How do you treat varicose veins?
Treatment options for spider veins and varicose veins vary depending on the severity of the condition. For spider veins, treatment options may include sclerotherapy, which involves injecting a solution into the veins to cause them to collapse and fade away. Laser therapy is another option, which uses intense light to damage the veins and cause them to disappear. For varicose veins, treatment options may include vein stripping, which involves surgically removing the affected veins, or endovenous laser treatment, which uses laser energy to seal the veins shut. At Garden State Pain and Orthopedics we focus on minimally invasive treatments that are less painful and provide a faster recovery than traditional treatments.
In the past, varicose vein treatment involved surgery under general anesthesia that required sutures, and a lengthy recovery. At Garden State Pain & Orthopedics, the team relies on the Varicose vein treatments available, including sclerotherapy, endovenous laser ablation therapy (ELAT), and radiofrequency ablation.
Are spider veins treated the same way as varicose veins?
Spider veins can also be treated with sclerotherapy, radiofrequency ablation, however they can also be treated with VenaSeal. This treatment uses a specially formulated medical adhesive to close your diseased vein. Once your provider treats your spider vein, your body absorbs it, and your blood flow reroutes to healthier, stronger veins.
Is there any way to prevent varicose veins?
In addition to these medical treatments, there are also lifestyle changes that can help prevent spider veins and varicose veins from developing or worsening. These include exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding prolonged sitting or standing, and wearing compression stockings.
Spider veins and varicose veins are common conditions that affect many people. While they are often considered a cosmetic issue, they can lead to more serious health problems if left untreated. Garden State Pain and Orthopedics specializes in vein treatment. If you are interested in learning more about our treatments visit our Services page or select “Book Now” to schedule an appointment.