As life progresses, your skin is going to change over time. You’re going to notice a difference in how veins appear on your skin. This is completely normal, and most people can recognize them as spider veins or varicose veins. The lesser-known vein that often appears is the reticular vein. You are warmly invited to learn more about what reticular veins are and how they can be treated at South Texas Vein Institute.
What They Look Like
Usually purple or blue, reticular veins appear most often on the legs and thighs. They’re typically about two millimeters in diameter, so they’re bigger than a spider vein and slightly smaller than a varicose vein. They also usually don’t appear above the skin, as varicose veins do. Because they don’t protrude from the skin and aren’t very big, it may be easy to ignore them. Over time, this can cause more problems with your pain and comfort levels.
Why They Can’t Be Ignored
While reticular veins can be noticeable and cause people to avoid clothes like shorts and skirts, some people may prefer to ignore them. The issue is that reticular veins are caused by weak valves located in the blood vessels. Once they collapse, blood becomes backed up and the vein gets swollen. This causes pain, and the vein can act as a feeder vein to any spider veins around it. In some cases, reticular veins force the blood to flow backwards, which dilates and twists the vein even more. Any issue that causes a problem with blood flow and results in pain should be discussed with a professional.
How They’re Treated
If you think you may have reticular veins, call the experts at South Texas Vein Institute in Edinburg. They’ll help you determine the best course of treatment. Contact us today to book a consultation and get started!