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Your vascular surgery team in St. Louis, Missouri can help with spider veins
Spider veins are a common problem as you get older. Vascular Surgeon Ayaz Malik, MD, FACS and Rachael Brewer, FNP-C at Vein Specialties in St. Louis, Missouri can help get rid of your spider veins for good.
These are a few of the common questions and answers about spider veins and spider vein treatments:
What causes spider veins?
Spider veins can be an inherited issue, as they tend to run in a family. Females get them twice as often as men. Women are also at higher risk of developing spider veins when dealing with hormonal changes, such as during pregnancy, menopause or while taking birth control pills. Sun exposure and obesity can increase your risk of getting spider veins. Also, being on your feet most of the can cause them to appear, so factory workers, nurses, teachers are more at risk of developing spider veins.
How are spider veins different from varicose veins?
Spider veins are thin red lines of abnormally dilated small blood vessels that run up and down your legs or face. These little vessels can twist around into a spider web pattern on your skin. Varicose veins are larger and thicker and are closer to the surface of your skin. Sometimes they appear dark blue and can look like they are bulging. Sometimes they look knotted because they are swollen and twisted. Varicose veins can appear anywhere on the body, but are most commonly found on legs and ankles.
Do spider veins hurt?
Although spider veins aren’t harmful, they can occasionally throb, itch, burn or ache. Sometimes they will cause the tissue around them to become irritated, resulting in discoloration and ulceration. Skin ulcers can appear at joint, like the ankles.
How do doctors treat spider veins?
The caring team at Vein Specialties offers a complimentary consultation for spider vein treatment. The first step in determining the right treatment options is by using 'trans-illumination' which is a light that penetrates the skin as well as ultrasound if needed to determine the cause of your spider veins. Typical treatment options include sclerotherapy or laser therapy.
Sclerotherapy involves the injection of Sodium Tetradecyl Sulphate (Sotradecol) or Polidochanol (Asclera) to reduce the appearance of spider veins. During treatment, your spider veins are injected with a solution that closes up the small veins. Your blood begins to redirect its flow to large, healthy veins, where it is supposed to be to begin with. As the blood flow to spider veins stops, the spider veins diminish and eventually disappear. You should expect about 3 -5 sessions with this treatment, typically a month apart.
For smaller veins, particularly in the face or ankles laser therapy may be used. In some instances, both sclerotherapy laser therapy may be needed.
These are just a few of the commonly asked questions and answers about spider veins and spider vein treatment. For more information about spider veins, varicose veins, and other vascular conditions, call Dr. Ayaz Malik and his team at Vein Specialties in St. Louis, Missouri today at (314) 993-8233. Or visit us online at www.veinspecialties.com.
It’s not vain at all to want to get rid of unsightly spider veins, which cause the legs, arms, and face to look much older. Many patients avoid wearing shorts and short sleeves because they’re so embarrassed by how spider veins make their limbs look. This doesn’t have to be you—see vascular surgeon Dr. Norman Bein at Vein Specialties in St. Louis, MO, to find out about spider vein treatment options.
Spider Veins: Causes
These are typically a cosmetic problem but in some cases, they could be an indication of a deeper problem. Here are some of the possible causes:
- Inherited – typically from a parent or they run in a family.
- Hormonal changes such as pregnancy, birth control pills or hormonal replacement may increase spider veins.
- Underlying pressure from “feeder” veins
Spider Vein Treatment
For the best results from spider vein treatments see Dr. Bein and Maria Bein RN at Vein Specialties for a comprehensive consultation which is complimentary for cosmetic procedures. First, trans-illumination (a skin penetrating light) and ultrasound will diagnose the issue. A treatment called sclerotherapy may be the next step. It requires the injection of Sodium Tetradecyl Sulphate (Sotradecol) or Polidochanol (Asclera) solutions that reduce the appearance of the veins. Expect to visit your doctor for three to five sessions, about once per month. Laser therapy also helps treat small spider veins close to the skin’s surface. Laser therapy is effective for very fine surface veins on fair people but usually combined with some sclerotherapy injections. It is especially effective on blue and fine red facial veins.
Clearer, More Attractive Skin
Spider veins significantly affect the aesthetic appearance of your legs, arms, and ankles, aging them and causing them to look discolored or injured. When they appear on the face, they are much more difficult to hide. Once you have your spider veins treated, there’s no more need for layers of facial concealer. You can get back to showing off your legs on the beach and wearing your favorite shorts and dresses.
See a Vein Specialist
Dr. Norman Bein is a vascular surgeon who understands your desire to have beautiful, smooth, younger-looking skin that’s free from spider veins. Call his St. Louis, MO, office at (314) 993-8233 to schedule an appointment.