If spider veins are making you feel self-conscious and becoming a cosmetic problem, family practice physician and certified laser specialist Kurt Hubach, MD, has solutions. At Blue Ridge Vein Care, PC, in Bedford, Virginia, Dr. Hubach devises a personalized treatment plan to resolve your aesthetic concerns with advanced and effective technologies and treatments like sclerotherapy and laser technology. Spider vein treatments can be performed quickly and conveniently in-office without any downtime. Call Blue Ridge Vein Care, PC, or book your personal consultation via the web.
Spider veins are tiny red, blue, or purple lines on your skin. The veins are flat and usually show up in your legs, but they can also appear elsewhere.
Spider veins usually indicate a problem with the normal functioning of your vein. In some cases, spider veins develop when one of the valves inside your veins doesn’t close properly. This causes blood to leak and become stuck in your vein.
If spider veins aren’t properly treated, they can build up enough pressure to weaken the vein walls. This can allow the spider veins to spread and grow larger.
In some instances, spider veins can turn into varicose veins — twisted, large, and more bulbous-looking veins. Varicose veins might have a rope-like appearance underneath your skin and can feel painful at times, but spider veins don’t usually cause pain or discomfort.
The exact cause of spider veins isn’t clear. Most experts point to hormonal factors and hormonal disruption or imbalance. This might explain why spider veins most commonly occur in women, particularly during pregnancy.
Other possible reasons for spider veins include:
If you have a job that requires a lot of standing, such as a factory worker or hairstylist, this might also increase your chances of getting these veins.
Dr. Hubach might suggest certain effective treatments for your spider veins, such as sclerotherapy or endovenous laser closure.
Sclerotherapy is a common treatment that involves injecting your problem veins with a saline solution or something similar. The solution irritates the vein and causes it to swell, eventually making the vein collapse. Over time, the vein closes down and fades away and your blood flow is rerouted to surrounding vessels.
Endovenous laser closure is a convenient in-office procedure typically performed under local anesthesia. Dr. Hubach uses safe and precise laser energy or radio waves to create heat and close and shrink your vein. Scar tissue builds up, your vein seals off, and your blood reroutes through nearby veins.
If you’re unhappy with spider veins, Dr. Hubach can help you decide the best way to treat them and achieve your cosmetic goals. Call Blue Ridge Vein Care, PC, or schedule through the online system.