Have you ever noticed tiny red and blue veins on your legs and wondered what they are? They’re most likely spider veins, and you are definitely not alone in having them! Spider veins appear when the weaker valves in your body cannot prevent blood from flowing backward. This causes blood to pool and bulge underneath your skin. Though spider veins are typically painless, many individuals find the visibility on the skin unattractive.
If you are unhappy with your veins’ appearance on your skin, or they cause you discomfort, reach out to us right away. The Artemis team, led by board-certified physician Dr. David Pinsinski, has helped numerous patients find relief through spider vein treatment in Westminster. In our clinic, we see many people who want to make their legs look better. They have silently suffered for many years, and it still surprises me how long they wait before consulting a doctor. Very often, spider veins are the culprit. They can certainly be a nuisance, and occasionally cause pain and even bleeding. But nowadays, several minimally invasive procedures exist to relieve the problem. Read on to learn more about these tiny web-like veins and your treatment options at Artemis Vein Center.
Spider veins are small collections of purple, blue, or red veins that can appear on your thighs, ankles, calves, and face. When the valves inside your veins are faulty and prevent blood from flowing backward in the body, blood collects inside the veins, resulting in a noticeable bulging appearance. When this blood flow pattern continues over time, the bulges within veins branch out, producing the appearance of spider veins.
On the face, spider veins may appear due to the enlargement of small blood vessels from increased pressure or sun damage. There are several potential causes of spider veins, including:
Spider veins may develop at any age and stem from any outside factors that damage veins or impact blood flow within the body. Spider veins are often painless, but you can seek treatment if it is causing your discomfort.
Reticular veins are a type of spider vein. This condition typically appears as abnormally sized veins typically found on the back of the knees, inner thighs, or ankles. Your veins may appear blue or purple and be noticeable below the skin. However, your veins will not protrude outward, resulting in an uneven skin texture.
If you have reticular veins, you might feel pain or discomfort in the lower legs. In severe cases, this condition can present health risks. Many of the treatments we offer could reduce the visibility, pain, and discomfort of your spider or reticular veins.
At our Westminster office, we offer many treatments that could decrease your spider veins’ visibility by closing the affected veins and rerouting blood flow to healthy veins. One of the most common treatment methods is sclerotherapy, in which we inject a chemical irritant into your damaged veins.
The injections close your veins by promoting scar tissue formation, allowing blood to flow to nearby healthy veins. Typical results of this type of treatment include improved blood flow within your body and a reduced appearance of spider veins on your skin a few weeks after treatment.
Another type of reticular vein or spider vein treatment we offer is laser therapy. In this procedure, we use powerful bursts of light or laser energy to close your veins. With this treatment, the light energy causes your spider veins to clot and dry up, making them fade away. As with sclerotherapy, healthy veins take over to compensate for the reduced number of veins available for proper blood flow.
Because there are many potential treatment options, it can be difficult to determine which treatment is best for you. Our medical team can explain the advantages of each procedure to help you make an informed decision.
Left untreated, diseased veins can get progressively worse over time. Once symptoms develop, such as dull aching, edema, cramps, pain, or restless legs, it becomes a medical problem and it is highly advised that you see a medical specialist to diagnose the issue. Symptoms development can be slowed or halted using compression stockings, and it is recommended to use stocking for at least three months before undergoing any procedures.
Both sclerotherapy and laser treatment for spider veins are well-tested, effective procedures. In our clinic, we treat many people who simply want their legs to look better, and many others who have, unfortunately, suffered silently with the symptoms of venous disease for many years before consulting a doctor. Now that you know a bit more about spider veins and potential treatment options, I hope that you’ll contact Artemis with any questions. If you have been putting off treatment, or just want to improve the appearance of your legs, consider giving us a call to discuss your symptoms and arrange an appointment for a free vein screening. Artemis’s great medical team will be there with you every step of the way.
Whether your spider veins are causing you discomfort, or you are unsatisfied with your skin’s appearance, Artemis Vein Center could help you find a solution. By undergoing spider vein treatment in Westminster, you could improve your blood flow and your skin’s appearance. Schedule a screening with Dr. Pinsinski today to discuss your options for treatment.
If you require vein or aesthetic treatments, contact Artemis Vein & Aesthetic Center today online or at (720) 664-5831 and one of our team members will gladly assist you in scheduling an appointment or consultation. We proudly serve the Westminster, Broomfield and Louisville areas of Colorado.