Spider veins can look unattractive and, although not dangerous in themselves, could indicate you're at a higher risk of vein disease. If you have spider veins, board-certified vascular surgeon Jeffrey Hager, DO, FACOS, at Hager Advanced Vein Care, can help. At their locations in Manahawkin and Toms River, New Jersey, Dr. Hager and his team offer expert ClosureFast™ radiofrequency ablation and sclerotherapy treatments to eliminate spider veins. Call Hager Advanced Vein Care today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.
Spider veins (telangiectasias) are delicate networks of lines under your skin that look like spider webs, hence the name.
They can be blue, purple, red, or a combination of these colors. Spider veins can show up anywhere but are most likely to develop on your legs and face.
Spider veins are more likely to affect women, and your risk increases if other members of your family have them too. If you spend a lot of time on your feet, the chance of developing spider veins is higher as well.
Spider veins usually don't cause serious problems other than being unsightly, although some people find their spider veins feel itchy or burn a little.
However, having spider veins can indicate you're at risk of developing varicose veins from having a circulatory disorder called venous reflux.
Venous reflux or insufficiency is a condition that arises if the valves that regulate the one-way flow of blood around your veins malfunction. If the valves aren't working properly, blood can go back along the vein, causing pooling that, in larger blood vessels, results in varicose veins.
If your spider veins are spreading or causing discomfort, Dr. Hager can evaluate your legs to see if you have venous reflux.
To prevent spider veins from getting worse, Dr. Hager recommends several conservative treatments to improve your circulation.
Exercise boosts blood flow, so increasing your activity levels and reducing the time you spend standing still or sitting down can help. Compression hose also helps by supporting your veins and making it easier for your body to pump blood back up your legs.
To get rid of existing spider veins, Dr. Hager performs a minimally invasive procedure, such as:
During sclerotherapy, Dr. Hager injects a special liquid or foam called a sclerosant into your spider veins to collapse them. Sclerotherapy is also an in-office procedure that needs little downtime.
With both these methods, the treated spider veins eventually break down and disappear.
To schedule a consultation and assessment of your spider veins, call Hager Advanced Vein Care today or book an appointment online.