Spider veins don’t pose a threat to your health, but they have a big impact on your appearance, and they could signal problems in larger veins. At Advanced Heart & Vascular Associates, Nader Chadda, MD, FACC, FSCAI, has years of experience using gold-standard treatments to safely, effectively, and permanently eliminate spider veins. If you’re ready to do away with unsightly spider veins, schedule an appointment online or call the office in Hudson, Brooksville, or Land O’ Lakes, Florida.
Spider veins appear when tiny veins or capillaries close to the skin’s surface get large enough to be visible. As these blue and purple veins appear, they spread in a shape resembling tree branches or a spider web.
You can develop spider veins anywhere, but they commonly occur on the legs and face, in areas where they’re highly visible.
Spider veins develop due to damaged valves, which is the same problem that causes varicose veins. All veins contain valves that keep blood flowing toward your heart. When a valve fails, the blood flows backward or refluxes until it reaches the next healthy valve in the vein.
The refluxing blood starts to build-up in the tiny vein, making it get large enough to become visible. The accumulating blood weakens the vein wall and pushes against the healthy valve, ultimately making that valve fail. As more valves fail, your spider veins slowly keep spreading.
You’re more likely to develop spider veins if:
Many women develop spider or varicose veins during pregnancy due to pressure from the baby’s weight and changes in hormone levels that weaken vein walls.
Spider veins are primarily a cosmetic problem because they seldom cause symptoms. However, they can cause itchiness, and they may be a sign of problems in other veins.
Sclerotherapy is currently the gold standard of treatment for spider veins. During sclerotherapy at Advanced Heart & Vascular Associates, Dr. Chadda uses a small needle to inject a medication into the veins.
The medication, called a sclerosing agent, makes the vein walls collapse. After the treated veins close, your body slowly reabsorbs them. As a result, they naturally disappear over time.
Lasers also treat spider veins. Laser treatment doesn’t hurt your skin because, by design, only the dark pigments in the veins absorb the laser light. Heat from the laser does the same thing as a sclerosing agent: It makes the vein walls collapse.
No matter which treatment you get, you don’t need to worry about circulation because your body redirects blood flow through other nearby veins.
If you want to improve your appearance and get rid of spider veins, call Advanced Heart & Vascular Associates, or schedule an appointment online today.