Spider Veins | Spider Vein Treatment Options

Spider veins, also referred to as ‘telangiectasias’, are described as small veins just under the skin’s surface. This sort of vein condition is reminiscent of the shape of a spider web. 

Spider veins are normally blue or red in color and they form in various sizes. These unsightly veins can be found in various parts of the body such as the legs, ankles, calves, thighs and even on the face.

What Causes Spider Veins?
There are various causes of spider veins such as the normal aging process, being overweight, pre-menstruation and even menopause. Spider veins are also known as an inherited genetic predisposition. Here are other factors that contribute to spider veins:

  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Pregnancy
  • Birth control pills
  • Blood clots
  • Tumors
  • Exposure to ultraviolet rays
  • Past venous surgery
In addition, if you stand for long periods of time, this can add pressure to your leg veins and cause spider veins. People who wear tight under-garments such as support girdles, tend to develop spider veins. Spider veins are more common in women than men because of hormonal changes to the body.

What are common symptoms?
Spider veins, just like varicose veins are very common between the ages of 30-70. The first obvious sign is the appearance of a spider web, as mentioned previously. Some people experience the feeling of heaviness in their legs accompanied with an achy and fatigue feeling. You may also experience a burning and throbbing sensation within your lower legs. Muscle cramping is another symptom of spider veins. Another symptom is referred to as ‘stasis pigmentation’ -- this is when the skin color changes. If left untreated, it can lead to inflammation of the skin and even open sores and bleeding. 

Although treatment for spider veins doesn’t prevent new spider veins from developing, spider veins are greatly diminished. Many patients are satisfied with the results because it helps the skin to appear natural and attractive-looking.
One of the most effective treatment options for spider veins is Sclerotherapy. This type of procedure is performed in a physician’s office.

Micro Sclero Therapy for Spider Veins
Spider veins are usually located on the feet, legs, hands and arms. Micro Sclero Therapy is the perfect treatment to eliminate unsightly spider veins. Depending on the amount of spider veins that need to be treated, this technique takes less than 1 hour.  This procedure consists of utilizing high-intensity light to examine the area that needs treatment.  Then the skin is held firmly while injecting a sclerosing agent right into your veins. 
Following treatment, you may be required to wear an ace bandage for a couple of days.  It is highly recommended that you avoid sitting or standing for long periods of time. However, it is recommended that you walk often to help avoid blood clots from developing within your vein system. Make sure you avoid strenuous activity or high-impact exercises during the brief recovery process.

What will occur during consultation?
Our physician will discuss the various options available including the procedure and any kind of risks involved. We will thoroughly evaluate your medical history and examine in the area that needs to be treated. The physician will also take photos and provide you with instructions to follow prior to the treatment. 

The physician will decide whether or not the treatment will be beneficial for you. Make sure you inform the physician if you have had plastic surgery in the past. Also inform the physician if you are taking prescription drugs -- including non-prescription drugs. The physician will ask additional medical related questions. 

During your consultation is the perfect time to ask any questions or concerns you may have about spider vein treatment. Our physician will answer any questions you may have concerning your treatment options.

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Chicago Vein & Laser Institute
804 East Woodfield Road
Schaumburg, IL 60173

Tel: 847-605-9500

, March 13, 2012
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Dr. Doshi is an absolute genius when it comes to treating veins Privileged to be treated by him spider veins - very meticulous. Nice clinic too neat and clean. Friendly staff.