Posts for: May, 2019
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.