What are Spider Veins?
They tend to come on very gradually, so we may not even notice them at first. Then one day, tiny veins appear visibly on the skin. “Were those there before?” we may ask ourselves. If these dilated veins are very small, thin and spread out like a web, they may be what we refer to as spider veins. These little red areas most commonly show up on the face and legs but can show up just about anywhere on the body.
Are Spider Veins a Cosmetic or a Medical Condition?
Spider veins can be something that we see but do not feel, but sometimes they can cause some discomfort. For the most part, spider veins are something that makes us uncomfortable and unhappy about our appearance, making them a cosmetic issue. However, it is very important to know that this seemingly innocent condition can be a precursor to much more serious medical conditions. Unchecked, they may lead to other venous diseases such as varicose veins, venous reflux disease or DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis). Since they may not seem to pose an immediate threat, it may be easy to put off making a doctor’s appointment to have them looked at, but prevention is the best cure!
What is the Best Treatment for Spider Veins?
While laser treatment is often the best treatment option for varicose veins, sclerotherapy is the most preferred and progressive form of treatment for issues involving the smaller veins, including spider veins. Endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) is a thermal ablation, while sclerotherapy is a chemical ablation. Basically, small amounts of a liquid or foam solution are injected in the problem veins, which close them down, reroutingblood to healthier veins. The result is that the spider veins fade away. When done correctly, sclerotherapy is a simple procedure that yields the optimal results for spider veins. We have personally seen it help thousands of our Northern Illinois Vein Clinic patients.
Here are some of the benefits of sclerotherapy:
- Performed in our office
- No anesthesia
- Minimally invasive
- No surgery
- No downtime
- Minimal side effects
Whether you want to simply improve your appearance or help lower your risk for more serious health issues, it’s best to consult with a medical expert who has extensive experience in the treatment of spider veins and the use of sclerotherapy.
If you’re not sure if you have spider veins or not, or would like more information, we can help. Our vein clinic is located in The Renaissance Pavilion at 1340 Charles Street Ste 404, Rockford, IL 61104. You can also call us with any of your spider vein treatment questions at (815) 316-VEIN (8346).
If you’d like to attend a Free Vein Screening at Northern Illinois Vein Clinic, check here for upcoming dates, but our next scheduled screenings are Wednesday, December 10th and Thursday, December 11th, 10 am – 4 pm.