Spider Vein Treatments And What To Expect

Spider Veins - Treatment by Vein Specialists of PittsburghSpider veins are red, blue, purple, or pinkish lines which can be seen on the outer part of the skin in a spider-leg arrangement. The actual structure you are seeing is a vessel called capillaries or small veins (venules) which have become larger than structurally designed and become apparent on the skin.

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Treatment for Spider Veins Sclerotherapy

Check out this short video showing how quickly spider veins are treated. There is nothing like seeing it in action!

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Symptoms of Spider Veins

Symptoms

Spider veins are often accompanied with swelling, throbbing, burning, a cramping feeling and leg fatigue. Patients can have more or less of these symptoms despite visible appearance of spider veins.

Even without the associated symptoms, many choose to still treat spider veins

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Causes of Spider Veins

Causes of Spider Veins

Your arteries pump blood away from the heart at a relatively high pressure. Veins on the other hand return blood to the heart at a lower pressure and must do their job against the force of gravity. That’s why it can feel so good to put your feet up at the end of the day. To help the correct flow of blood back to the heart the veins have valves, flaps of tissue in the vessel that allow the blood to move only one direction. Over time and with certain other factors these valves can become damaged.

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Who Gets Spider Veins?

Causes of Spider Veins Spider Vein Risk Factors

Spider veins are very common, but particularly in women. Men have this condition as well, especially if they have a history of trauma from kicking sports. Although on average due to women’s hormones they are at a higher likelihood for this condition. So aside from gender, there are risk factors.

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Can Spider Veins be a Sign of Something Else?

Treatment for Spider Veins Symptoms

Visible spider veins may just be the first sign of a deeper problem. Often spider veins can be a sign of venous insufficiency and reflux in the larger veins towards the surface of the skin known as superficial veins or perforators (veins that connect the superficial veins to the deep veins).

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What If I Don't Get My Spider Veins Treated?

Symptoms Treatment for Spider Veins

What if I don’t get my Spider Veins Treated?
The short answer is it depends on the cause of the Spider Veins, if they are a manifestation of underlying venous insufficiency, if you have symptoms, or if they are hormonal or hereditary in origin.

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Spider Vein Consultations

Treatment for Spider Veins Sclerotherapy

Vein Specialists of Pittsburgh offers consultation for patients with spider veins and/or varicose veins.

A brief ultrasound screening is frequently performed at the time of first consultation.

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What Exactly is Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy entails injection of solution into the diseased veins causing the blood in the vein to clot and the vein to shut down.

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Does Sclerotherapy Hurt?

Sclerotherapy

As injection of sclerosing agent entails multiple needle sticks with a very small needle, mild discomfort and/ or burning sensation is possible. Injections are generally well tolerated.

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Does Sclerotherapy Involve Side Effects?

Sclerotherapy

Common side effects include bruising, redness, swelling or itching at the injection site.

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