Spider veins are small spiderweb-like veins that appear blue, red, or green in color and are visible on the skin. They most frequently appear on the legs, but can also appear on the face. Our body has a vast network of veins that help carry blood from all organs to the heart. The veins furthest away from the heart have to do the most work: such as the veins in our legs and face. Veins on the legs have an even tougher job to do as they have to pump blood against gravity.
To prevent blood from flowing back into the legs, veins have valves that close if blood tries to flow backward. But over time, some valves may weaken. When this happens, blood may get collected in the veins, then branch out to look like thin spider webs. This is what causes spider veins.
What are the spider vein treatment procedures available?
Depending on the diagnosis and your specific needs, our doctors will use state-of-the-art technology for your vein treatment. Massive advances in medical technology have meant that vein treatment procedures have become progressively less invasive over the last decade. Most procedures used today only need a local anesthetic, and some don’t require an anesthetic at all. For many of the procedures, you will be able to walk out of the hospital within an hour.
Our Vein Clinic offers a number of spider vein treatment methods using state of the art technology:
- Sclerotherapy: Sclerotherapy is the most frequently used method of treatment of spider veins. An agent called a sclerosant is injected into the diseased veins that cause the veins to stick to one another and close up. Your body can then absorb the veins, clearing the skin.
- Varithena: Varithena is a microfoam sclerosant that is injected into the diseased veins. This is a non-surgical procedure that takes less than 60 minutes in which the diseased veins are closed down and eventually disappear. The recovery period for this procedure is also very short; the patient will be able to move about freely within an hour of the vein procedure.
- VenaSeal: VenaSeal is another minimally invasive medical procedure in which a bio-adhesive is applied to the diseased veins using a catheter, sealing off the veins. This vein procedure takes anywhere between 30 minutes to 60 minutes. Over time, the veins are reabsorbed by the body.
Radiofrequency Ablation: This procedure applies heat to the diseased veins. Heat is produced using radiofrequency. The heat then stops blood flow in the diseased veins, and over time the veins disappear.
All the mentioned treatments are used when surface veins are affected. But if during diagnosis the vein doctors find that deeper veins are also affected, you may need to undergo vascular surgery.
To know more about the best vein treatment options for you, book an appointment with the best vein doctors and vascular surgeons in San Diego.
Why should I get spider vein treatments?
If spider veins have affected your life, whether it be due to physical pain and discomfort or loss of confidence and self-esteem, you must get spider vein treatment. The treatment procedures available at our clinic can remove your spider veins for good and make you proud of your body and your appearance. You will no longer hesitate or think twice before wearing the clothes that make you most comfortable.
Not only that, spider vein treatments can eliminate any pain or discomfort you may be experiencing alongside the veins. While most spider veins are painless, sometimes, some people may experience discomforts such as itchiness, dry skin, or pain. Getting spider vein treatment can eliminate these problems.
An added benefit is that by consulting your doctor, you can find out at the earliest if your spider veins are symptoms of any other underlying conditions. Spider veins can sometimes be a result of underlying venous insufficiency. If left untreated, venous insufficiency can cause further complications such as increased discomfort, leg pain, leg swelling, difficulty standing for too long, deep vein thrombosis, and ulceration. Like with any other condition, the sooner venous insufficiency is diagnosed, the easier and faster it is to treat and prevent further complications. Going to the doctor for spider vein treatment also means screening for potential underlying venous insufficiency and getting it treated ahead of time.
Spider vein treatment at the Vein Clinic
The Vein Clinic is a nationally reputed vein treatment clinic that has clinics across the United States, one of which is in San Diego. Our Vein Clinic has some of the most experienced and best doctors with perfect track records and state-of-the-art technology to give you the treatment that you deserve.
Our vein clinic in San Diego is currently located near the Torrey Pine beach state park, close to the Westfield UTC Shopping Center. Book an appointment at our vein clinic today where our doctors will offer the best care possible to help you.