Up to 85 percent of men and women are suffering from varicose veins or spider veins right now, according to a study published in the journal Circulation, and that means many of them are also experiencing symptoms like aching, itching and burning that tend to accompany the dark, web-like veins. The good news is, spider veins are relatively easy to treat using a simple, minimally-invasive technique called sclerotherapy.
What causes spider veins?
Spider veins occur when tiny blood vessels stop functioning properly – instead of helping push blood forward, they allow blood to collect and pool inside the veins, resulting in the purplish, threadlike veins that tend to occur most commonly in the lower legs and feet. Spider veins are located just below the skin surface, making them easy to see through the skin.
Spider veins are common – even more common than larger varicose veins – and they tend to occur more often as we get older. They’re also more common among people who are overweight or obese, as the added pressure from excess weight bears down on veins, making it more difficult for them to function optimally. And they also tend to occur more commonly among men and women who spend a large portion of their days on their feet or sitting, like teachers, nurses, waitresses and office workers. Having a family history of spider veins and having significant sun exposure can also increase the chances you’ll wind up having spider veins.
What is sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy has become recognized as the gold standard for spider vein treatment. This minimally-invasive approach uses carefully-placed injections of special chemical solutions designed to cause veins to close up and seal off to the flow of blood, allowing blood to flow through neighboring veins for unimpeded circulation.
Sclerotherapy is performed right in our office and each treatment site takes just a few minutes to treat. A topical anesthetic is used to numb the treatment site prior to injecting the solution to minimize any discomfort, and you can return to your normal activities right after treatment. If the treatment area is large, you may be given compression stockings or a compression bandage may be applied to aid in the initial healing of the area.
Sclerotherapy is very effective, producing results within just a few weeks as the tiny, sealed-off vessels are absorbed by the body. In a few cases, a second treatment may be needed to ensure spider veins are completely eliminated.
Is sclerotherapy right for my needs?
Sclerotherapy is ideal for most people and it can be used to treat spider veins just about anywhere on the body. If you have spider veins or varicose veins and you’d like to learn more about spider vein and varicose vein treatment options, we can help. As a leading Houston vein treatment center, we provide patients with state-of-the-art treatment options for many types of vascular issues, helping patients from throughout the Houston metro region enjoy better circulatory health in addition to eliminating painful symptoms. Call us today at 888-424-3882 and schedule your consultation appointment to learn how we can help you.