Spider veins are smaller versions of varicose veins. They are small, twisting and turning blood vessels that connect capillaries with larger veins. Generally, they lie close to the skin, usually on the legs. Although they don’t usually signal any sort of health problem, most individuals find them a nuisance and seek a means to eliminate them. At South Texas Vein Institute, we serve the entire Rio Grande Valley as well as surrounding areas and specialize in the treatment of various skin lesions, skin irregularities, and spider veins. Several treatment options are available, but only after a consultation at our office in Edinburg can we recommend the best possible procedure. The procedures we provide don’t involve surgery and are performed as outpatient procedures in the comfort of our office.
Causes and Symptoms
Spider veins are thought to develop as a result of several factors in combination. People with a family history of these veins are at a higher risk of developing them, especially if they spend a lot of time standing. This is of course the case with teachers, factory workers, nurses, and hair stylists. Obesity can also contribute to the development of spider veins. It is also thought that women who take birth control pills are more likely to develop these irregular veins at some point in their mature adult years.
The symptoms are obvious. A purplish or dark blue patch with thin visible lines of blue just below the skin may become more and more pronounced over a period of years. Some people experience cramping or painful sensations in the legs, especially near the spot where the vein has developed.
We will examine the area of concern and ask about the client’s medical history. Depending on other medical conditions the client may have, we may suggest simple lifestyle changes or something more involved. Whichever treatment we recommend, we will give the client complete information on how to prepare. Lifestyle changes may be in order and could include the necessity of staying off the feet for a longer period of time each day.
We may recommend the wearing of compression stockings. This often relieves the cramping or painful symptoms. In many cases, we will recommend laser treatment or sclerotherapy. It all depends on the unique situation. Exercise, the wearing of compression stockings, and a weight loss program may be all the post-treatment care required.
Get Rid of Unwanted Spider Veins
At South Texas Vein Institute in Edinburg, we offer our first-class services to interested parties throughout the Rio Grande Valley. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn more about your treatment options for spider veins.