Spider veins are a symptom of venous insufficiency characterized by red, blue or purple clusters of threadlike lines and patterns that often resemble spider webs. If you have noticed the presence of splotches of visibly dark-colored veins just below your skin’s surface, especially in your thighs, calves or ankles, then you likely have spider veins. Though spider veins are a prevalent issue as we age, especially among women, they are typically harmless and only create cosmetic concerns due to their unsightly and sometimes embarrassing appearance.
If you have noticed spider veins on your legs or face, Advanced Vein & Laser Centre is here to help. With the latest in vein treatments, we can eliminate your spider veins and restore your skin to its youthful complexion. Under the leadership of Dr. Richard Rosenfeld, we will work with you to determine the appropriate course of action to treat your spider veins and provide personable and friendly service all throughout your time with us.
What are Spider Veins?
Spider veins are veins that have become backed-up with blood and visibly darkened. They are similar to varicose veins, but are much smaller and found closer to the skin’s surface. Spider veins most often develop in the lower body, but can also occur in the face or other areas of the body.
What Causes Spider Veins?
Spider veins can be caused by age, heredity, pregnancy, being overweight or prolonged periods of sitting or standing. A large population of people experiences spider veins later in life, especially women, making them a common problem. Unfortunately, not much can be done to prevent spider veins, although living an active and healthy lifestyle will lower your risk of developing them later in life.
Spider veins are caused by venous insufficiency. Veins operate with a system of one-way valves that prevent blood from flowing backward. Veins are responsible for pumping blood back up towards the heart and utilize muscle contractions to move blood against the force of gravity. The system of valves is pivotal to prevent blood from moving in the wrong direction.
As the body ages, the vein walls and valves begin to weaken, allowing blood to flow backward and pool in the legs. This trapped blood causes spider veins to form and linger just below the surface of the skin. Poor blood pressure due to unhealthy eating and exercising habits, exacerbated by smoking, can also cause venous insufficiency. Additionally, pregnancy creates a larger volume of blood in the body and places excess pressure on vein walls, often preventing the valves from closing and operating properly.
Symptoms of Spider Veins
Spider veins are usually only a cosmetic issue but may cause aching, cramping, itching, swelling or burning sensations. When more serious non-cosmetic symptoms develop, vein treatments should be scheduled right away to prevent further complications from developing. When left unattended, venous insufficiency can lead to permanent skin discoloration or even vein ulcers (open sores), a painful condition that can be difficult to treat.
Sclerotherapy is a popular and effective procedure that eliminates spider veins to provide cosmetic improvements, as well as reduce any symptoms you may be experiencing. A series of small injections of medicated fluid or foam are made in the affected veins, closing them off from blood flow. Once the veins have been sealed, the body will naturally and safely redirect blood to other healthy veins deeper below the surface of the skin. The targeted veins will slowly be reabsorbed by the body over the course of several months. Results are often immediately noticeable.
At Advanced Vein & Laser Centre, we employ the VeinGogh® system to eliminate your spider veins with the latest in vein technology. VeinGogh® uses microbursts of high-frequency energy to heat and collapse spider veins, allowing the body to redirect blood flow and absorb the targeted veins. This minimally invasive procedure eliminates 60 to 70 percent of spider veins in just one treatment. Dr. Rosenfeld will discuss the benefits of VeinGogh® with you during an initial consultation and determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure or if you would be better suited for sclerotherapy.
VeinViewer® is a modern vein-imaging system that uses near-infrared light to create real-time imaging of your underlying veins, allowing Dr. Rosenfeld to accurately target the problem veins and provide optimal results for all of his patients.
Advanced Vein & Laser Centre
If unsightly or embarrassing spider veins have marred your complexion or affected your daily life, schedule an appointment with us today to receive the best in spider vein treatments. At Advanced Vein & Laser Centre, helping you feel better about your body is always our goal. Call us today at 847-367-4040 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Rosenfeld and discuss how Advanced Vein & Laser Centre can help you eliminate your problematic spider veins.