Noncosmetic Reasons to Get Rid of Your Spider Veins

You may have gotten tired of looking at your spider veins years ago, but figured it was just a vanity thing and not really worth doing anything about. Perhaps you learned to camouflage them with strategically worn garments, but the negatives of spider veins aren’t just vanity-related.

The caring providers at Hamilton Vascular, with offices in Webster, Sugar Land, Round Rock, and San Antonio, Texas, have years of experience and expertise in treating spider veins with success and always take a whole-patient approach to your care. 

How do I know if I have spider veins?

The technical term for spider veins is telangiectasia, and these blood vessels are close to your skin’s surface. They appear as red, blue, or purple, in patterns that resemble spider webs — hence their name. They typically emerge over years, so their onset isn’t sudden. You notice them as they become visible over time. 

Your spider veins might bother you less if they’re on your legs, but they can also make an appearance on your face, especially on your cheek and nose areas, and this can be quite disconcerting. 

Sometimes spider veins are confused with varicose veins, which are a different condition altogether. Varicose veins are significantly raised, swollen, and very noticeable on your skin’s surface, but both problems are the result of venous insufficiency, or damaged vein valves. 

Do spider veins only cause problems because of how they look?

No. Although you might want to do something about them because you want your skin to look better, they can also cause uncomfortable physical symptoms like itchiness, irritated skin, pain in the area of the veins, and even a burning sensation.

You may be vulnerable to spider veins if family members have them, if you become pregnant, or as you get older, but there are factors you can control to lessen your chances of developing them:

If you’re still bothered by spider veins or if they get worse, it’s time to look into treatment.

Discomfort increases as spider veins worsen 

If you notice your spider veins increasing, you can suffer additional discomfort as well. For example, standing for long periods may lead to numbness and tingling, which is hard to live with. 

The Hamilton Vascular team has treated many patients who might not have sought spider vein treatment had it not been for pain and other discomfort.

How can you treat spider veins?

You can take steps yourself to keep symptoms at bay, like keeping your legs elevated when watching TV for instance, or wearing compression stockings to help with blood flow.

If home treatments don’t prove effective, we offer safe, innovative treatment options that are comfortable and more importantly, successful!

Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive treatment in which we inject a sclerosant (a chemical solution) into your spider veins. It causes them to collapse and become unnoticeable. 

Foam sclerotherapy treatment requires a different mixture of substances, but the foam produced by them is also injected into your veins. This treatment works for people who can’t receive standard sclerotherapy. 

Varithena™ is a foam medication that’s uniform and produced by combining carbon dioxide and oxygen. This system comes with a special tool your doctor uses to deliver the treatment. Varithena works on spider veins of all sizes. 

Post-treatment, you wear elastic bandages or a compression garment on your treatment areas as you heal, but other than that, you can go back to your regular life after treatment. 

Spider vein treatment isn’t only for the vain!

We see patients regularly who are uncomfortable and in pain due to their spider veins and concerned about them worsening, as opposed to being preoccupied with making them disappear (though that’s a perfectly understandable reason to seek treatment too!).

We take your complete medical history, discuss why you’re seeking treatment, and use that information to come up with the best spider vein therapy treatment plan for you.

Look into spider vein treatment

Even if you’re seeking spider vein treatment for reasons other than minimizing their appearance, Hamilton Vascular is where you should be. Call our office that’s most convenient to you to schedule a consultation. Please note that we also offer telehealth visits when appropriate, as in the case of a consultation.

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