Now that summer is in full swing in the Valley of the Sun, lots of people are heading for the pool. If you have spider veins running down your legs, though, you may find yourself wanting to cover up instead.
In most cases spider veins are harmless, but if they bother you, getting rid of them is a fairly simple process.
Spider veins show up as thin, wavy, purplish lines that spread out a bit like a spider web over your legs. Both men and women can get them, but they’re more common in women.
Genetics seems to play a role in who develops spider veins; if your mother or grandmother had them, you’re more likely to as well. They’re also more common in women who are pregnant, taking birth control pills, or on hormone replacement therapy.
In most cases, spider veins can be successfully treated through a 30-minute outpatient procedure called sclerotherapy. In this treatment, a doctor injects a solution of saline and/or a detergent, which causes the spider veins to close up. After sclerotherapy, the blood will reroute to healthier veins, and the spider veins will fade within a few weeks.
The procedure has been described as feeling like a small needle stick, and most people tolerate it pretty well. At Palm Vein Center, we use an ultrasound device or high-intensity LED light to ensure that the solution is injected in the right place.
Once you’ve sclerotherapy, you will need to wear compression stockings for seven to ten days and avoid sunbathing for at least a week. You may need to schedule a few follow-up visits for the best results.
If spider veins are bothering you, we’d be happy to talk about what treatment is right for you.
Talk to our team to learn more about the best conservative and interventional treatment options for your vein condition.
The advice and information contained in this article are for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.
For more information on vein diseases and the treatments provided by the specialists at Palm Vein Center or to make an appointment, call 623-201-4777. We look forward to meeting you!