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Spider Veins

Spider veins, also referred to as telangiectasia, are networks of red and blue lines that appear on the surface of the skin. They are most commonly found on the face and legs, but may develop on other areas of the body as well. Spider veins are rarely more than a cosmetic concern, but some patients report uncomfortable symptoms accompanying their visible vein networks, including heaviness and achiness in the legs, or burning or itching around the affected veins.

Spider veins may also indicate a more serious underlying problem, such as larger varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency. For that reason, it is a good idea to have spider veins evaluated by an experienced doctor, to ensure no other medical issues need to be addressed. For those that want to eliminate spider veins for aesthetic reasons, or to alleviate discomfort, there are a number of treatment options available.

 Treatment for Spider Veins

The first course of action for alleviating uncomfortable symptoms associated with spider veins is compression stockings. These customized stockings promote healthy blood flow in the legs, reducing swelling and pain associated with varicose and spider veins. However, compression stockings will not eliminate the appearance of red and blue vein networks that have already appeared. To achieve this purpose, the following treatments are generally recommended:

Sclerotherapy – A minimally invasive procedure involving injections of a sclerosing agent directly into the affected veins. The solution causes the veins to seal shut, rerouting blood flow through healthy veins in the area.

Therapeutic Ablation or Closure –In the event that spider veins are found to be part of more serious underlying vein insufficiency, radiofrequency endovenous ablation or Venaseal adhesive closure would be recommended as a part of a comprehensive vein treatment plan. Radiofrequency ablation and Venaseal closure are used to seal shut the affected vein, causing blood to be rerouted through healthy veins nearby. The office procedures are minimally invasive, with little discomfort or downtime afterward.

If you are bothered by spider veins in the Boston area, there is help available. Whether your spider veins are uncomfortable or simply an aesthetic concern, contact Specialty Vein Care to learn your options in bidding farewell to pesky spider veins for good.