Have you noticed thin, spidery veins on your legs or ankles? This is a common problem among many adults in the US. In fact, an estimated 80% of men and 85% of women are affected by spider veins, reticular veins, and/or varicose veins. Spider veins are simply dilated capillaries near the surface of the skin. They can appear blue, purple, or red.
In addition to these visible veins, you may notice other spider vein symptoms, such as:
- Leg restlessness
- Tingling or numbness
- A sensation of burning or itching
- Tenderness or redness around veins
Although often viewed as harmless, spider veins are actually a sign of underlying vein disease, also known as venous insufficiency. If left untreated, vein disease can cause a variety of painful and uncomfortable symptoms. It can also eventually lead to more serious health conditions like blood clots and venous ulcers.
If you’ve noticed the development or worsening of spider veins, we recommend consulting with one of our vein specialists. You might be pleasantly surprised to learn how simple and convenient spider vein treatment can be.
Spider Veins on Legs
We doubt that anybody welcomes the appearance of spider veins. These visible veins can appear anywhere on the body, including the face and hands. However, spider veins most commonly show up on the legs. Some people with spider veins on legs also experience nearby varicose veins.
We want you to know that spider veins on legs treatment is widely available and rarely involves surgery. Spider vein treatment is typically performed by a vein specialist in an office-based setting.
Visual Sclerotherapy Spider Vein Treatment
At USA Vein Clinics, all of our vein treatments are minimally invasive and performed in our outpatient clinics. We offer effective methods to reduce the appearance and negative effects of spider veins.
Our primary goal of spider vein treatment on the legs is to cause them to collapse and fade. Afterward, blood flow naturally reroutes to healthy, surrounding veins. In most cases, visual sclerotherapy spider vein treatment is used.
About sclerotherapy spider vein treatment:
- Depending on how many veins are targeted, treatment takes only 15- 30 minutes
- Most patients remain in our office for about an hour, from start to finish
- This method is FDA-approved
- General anesthesia is not required
- Your doctor uses a small needle to inject a sterile solution into the affected vein
- This will close the malfunctioning vein
- Blood flow from the affected vein is then rerouted to the healthy, surrounding veins
- The diseased vein will be reabsorbed by your body
- You will leave our clinic with a small bandage over the injection site
- There will be no scarring
If you’d like to know whether you are a candidate for visual sclerotherapy spider vein treatment, contact us to schedule a consultation.
Spider Vein Treatment Recovery
If you are concerned about a painful, lengthy recovery, we have good news. Immediately following spider vein on legs treatment, you can leave our clinic and return to normal activities.
For a few days after your procedure, you may notice:
- Slight bruising
- Red, raised areas or small sores in the treated area
- Dark spots or lines in your skin
- Tiny red blood vessels
If these issues last for more than two weeks, we recommend contacting your vein specialist.
Spider Vein Treatment at USA Vein Clinics
If you are ready to learn more about spider vein on legs treatment, our vein specialists can help. Most patients do not need vein surgery to relieve their vein disease symptoms. Our minimally invasive, office-based treatment options offer many benefits for our patients, including:
- Convenience: All of our treatments are completed in less than an hour, so can even be performed during a patient’s lunch break.
- Fast recovery: Patients are able to resume most daily activities immediately after treatment.
- Low risk: Our treatments have less risk of infection and complications compared to surgical treatments.
We provide easily accessible vein treatment so that patients like you can find relief from the pain, discomfort, and visible symptoms of spider veins.
Schedule an Appointment at USA Vein Clinics
We are proud to be one of the most accessible vein care networks in the country, with more than 100 clinics nationwide. Our vein specialists are compassionate and knowledgeable, along with being highly skilled at performing minimally invasive, outpatient vein treatment.
Spider Vein Treatment Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
We understand that you may have additional questions about spider vein treatment before and after, as well as their causes and symptoms. Below, we answer some of our patients’ most common questions. For personalized responses, we recommend consulting one of our highly experienced vein specialists.
1) What causes spider veins?
Spider veins are caused by underlying vein disease, or venous insufficiency. This condition develops when tiny, one-way vein valves are placed under strain and begin to malfunction. Vein disease can also lead to varicose veins, restless legs syndrome, and other venous conditions.
2) What can I do about spider veins?
If you suffer from spider veins, you may wish to consider spider vein treatment. Minimally invasive, office-based treatments, such as visual sclerotherapy, can alleviate painful symptoms and improve the appearance of spider veins. You may also benefit from lifestyle changes like losing weight, exercising regularly, and eating a healthy, well-rounded diet. Be sure to ask your doctor for personalized recommendations.
3) What might I experience before spider vein treatment?
Although not everyone experiences symptoms, life before sclerotherapy spider vein treatment may involve significant pain and discomfort. For some, symptoms can limit daily activities, causing a profound impact on career, relationships, social life, and self-esteem.
4) Who performs spider vein treatment?
Visual sclerotherapy and other vein treatments are typically performed by a vein specialist in an outpatient setting. At USA Vein Clinic, our vein specialists are highly skilled and experienced at performing spider vein treatment, along with being extremely compassionate to the needs of our patients.
5) What can I expect during spider vein treatment recovery?
Most of our patients have little, if any, discomfort following sclerotherapy spider vein treatment. Some patients may experience slight bruising, swelling, discoloration, or small sores for a few days in the treated area. You may also notice tiny red blood vessels. Contact your treatment specialist if these issues remain for longer than two weeks.
6) What can I look forward to after spider vein treatment?
After sclerotherapy spider vein treatment, you should experience significant improvement, and possibly elimination, of painful venous symptoms. Additionally, your spider veins should be much less visible. If you’ve been hiding your spider veins under long pants, you can finally consider wearing shorts or skirts. Most importantly, you can enjoy a better quality of life without the pain and discomfort of diseased veins.