Patients are often self-conscious of their spider veins and hide them with makeup or thick stockings. Many just keep their legs covered all the time. Even in our South Carolina summer heat people avoid wearing skirts, shorts, and bathing suits. At TVC we use sclerotherapy to effectively treat spider veins. And allow our patients to enjoy like outdoors again
What Are Spider Veins?
Spider veins are a small thread-like blood vessels that are visible just below the skin’s surface. In addition to being unattractive, spider veins can also cause bothersome itching and burning. If you have spider veins, it makes a lot of sense for you to look for help getting rid of them. Like other varicose vein disorders, they don’t just “go away” or spontaneously improve, they get worse.
Spider Vein Causes
Spider veins form due to a backflow of blood known as “venous reflux.” The walls of these veins distend causing the veins to enlarge and become visible under the skin’s surface. The development of spider veins may be due to:
- Hormonal changes
- Increasing age
- Lack of exercise
- Family history of spider veins
Differences Between Spider Veins and Varicose Veins
While spider veins are a result of the same vascular malfunction as varicose veins, they are less serious. When a vein becomes varicose, the walls of the vein have thinned and blood has begun to pool. This results in the appearance of dark, palpable cords on the skin’s surface.
Is Venous Reflux Related to Spider Veins?
Spider veins may be a sign of a more serious condition called Venous Reflex. Dr. Reynolds, therefore, performs an evaluation for Venous Reflux before recommending cosmetic sclerotherapy. Patients with venous reflux are usually more symptomatic and may require more invasive vein treatments to achieve their goals.
Spider Veins Vs. Regular Veins
- They usually appear on the ankles or legs. They may also appear on the hands, chest, or face.
- Spider veins are thread-like.
- Veins develop in small clusters.
- Spider veins may be red, blue, or purple, or a combination thereof.
- There is usually minimal pain associated with spider veins.
How Does Spider Vein Removal Work?
Does The Vein Clinic use Saline Injections?
Many of our patients have had painful saline spider veins treatments at other clinics and fear that our treatments will be painful also. We do not use saline to treat spider veins. We treat spider veins with Asclera, an FDA approved pharmaceutical, which causes very little discomfort.
Am I a Candidate for Spider Vein Treatment?
Most people are good candidates for sclerotherapy, our chosen treatment for spider veins. The happiest patients are those who have realistic expectations of treatment; they understand that veins will disappear over time, not immediately. Good candidates also understand that sclerotherapy cannot prevent further issues with spider veins or varicose veins. Patients should not be pregnant or breastfeeding, and should not have an active infection in the area of treatment.
Will Spider Veins Come Back?
The spider vein that is treated with sclerotherapy will not come back. However, new spider or varicose veins may form in the future. Our most satisfied patients are those who allow us to get their legs clear of unsightly spider veins and keep them clear with periodic “touch up” visits.
“I just wanted to say…. Thanks! I’ve very pleased with what is happening with my veins in just two treatments. My left ankle swelling and discomfort is now minimal and the ‘spider’ veins around my ankles are becoming less noticeable also! Thanks, Dr. Reynolds and good work!” – C.N.
View more patient testimonials here.
Why Dr. Reynolds Uses Sclerotherapy
Like most vein specialists, Dr. Reynolds treats spider veins with sclerotherapy rather than laser for three reasons:
- Laser treatments are painful
- Laser Treatments cost more
- Sclerotherapy works better
Before and After
To view more before and after cases, visit our photo gallery.
Spider Vein Treatment Results
Optimal results may occur with just one treatment or may require multiple treatments. Every case is unique. Once spider veins have been closed with sclerotherapy, they will not come back. However, long-term care is beneficial to reduce the risk of future spider veins. Patients who are prone to venous insufficiency may be encouraged to wear compression stockings when walking or standing for long periods. Regular exercise is also beneficial for lasting results from vein treatment.