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Dr. Luis Navarro, MD, FACS
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The Vein Treatment Center ©
Not many people are not familiar with Varicose Veins or spider veins, and this is quite concerning. It is important that you should be aware of any abnormalities in your body so that you may get treatment before the condition worsens.
Many people often end up in very bad health conditions because they aren’t able to identify any symptoms of the disease. Hence, today we are going to share all the necessary information you need regarding spider veins.
Read on to understand what spider veins are, what the symptoms are, can you prevent it, and what is the most effective and safe treatment for this condition.
Varicose veins, as we know, are a set of veins that are swollen and tangled with each other. However, spider veins are tiny and thin. They may appear as blue, red, or purple vessels, and are quite visible under the skin. The name spider vein comes from the fact that they look quite similar to spider webs.
Spider veins develop in the body due to faulty valves that reside in feeder veins. Usually, the spider veins in the leg, hands, and face develop due to the weak and damaged valves inside the feeder veins. This results in the blood to back up into them and can result in non-functional veins to appear under the surface of the skin.
The UV rays of the sun can also damage the blood vessels on your face. When the facial veins burst, they cause spider veins to develop. Besides, increased pressure on your face due to coughing, sneezing, or vomiting can also cause spider veins.
Well, they have an unpleasant look, which is difficult to ignore. It is less likely to go unnoticed. Besides the look, there are no noticeable symptoms of spider veins. These veins appear as flat or slightly raised thin threads. You may feel discomfort, but it does not cause heaviness or swelling in the legs.
However, do not ignore them and make sure to seek medical attention as it might increase the risk of having blood circulation and blood clot problems.
Like any other vein treatment, you may have to undergo certain procedures and examinations to determine the situation’s severity. The surgeon will make sure to choose the best treatment to prevent damage to any healthy arteries in the process.
The two best spider vein treatment procedures are ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy and visually-guided Sclerotherapy. Both of these treatments are fast, highly effective, and don’t require the patient to stay or get admitted into the hospital. The treatment works to shut off any feeder veins with unhealthy conditions (valves). Once sealed, the blood flows through veins with healthy valves, and the body absorbs the dead spider veins.
The preferred treatment is sclerotherapy, but laser treatment is gaining more popularity. Sclerotherapy involves administering an injection to the veins that irritate and narrows them, resulting in the blood to stop flowing through them. Once the procedure is complete, the veins collapse and disappear.
This treatment doesn’t hurt at all but may leave a pinching sensation once over. The surgeon may recommend wearing compression post-treatment to allow the blood to circulate more effectively and efficiently.
EVLT laser treatment involves the use of heated light to damage the veins, making them collapse. With the help of an ultrasound, the doctor will mark an incision in the affected vein to insert the laser fiber inside the vein such that it reaches the wall. EVLT or endovenous laser therapy is best for closing the spider veins less than 3mm.
Once completed, the process requires no stitches, nor does the patient feel any pain. The veins disappear very quickly upon completion of the procedure. However, the larger set of veins will stay visible for a month or two before disappearing.
Laser therapy is highly effective for smaller veins. Thus, consulting your doctor would determine what treatment is best for you.
This is quite a new procedure and is quite effective. This process involves using an electric current to heat/ablate the faulty veins to treat spider or varicose veins. Thus, the process eliminates the transmission of pain signals to your brain.
Spider veins may develop due to damaged veins or broken blood vessels. The biggest symptom is the appearance of the veins, so never take it lightly and have it examined. While spider veins are harmless, you may want to remove them from your face or legs for cosmetic reasons.
Whether you want a laser treatment, EVLT, or sclerotherapy for spider veins, the Vein Treatment Center is at your service. Contact us today and schedule an appointment with the best vascular & vein surgeons in NYC.