Have you ever noticed a vein that seems to appear out of nowhere? These veins can appear in many places, including the tip of the nose and the backs of the legs and knees. Bulging, discolored varicose veins and smaller, finer spider veins are unsightly, frustrating, and potentially painful, but there are treatment options available for both types of disease.
Vein disease in the legs often begins when that particular vein is no longer able to effectively transport blood against the force of gravity. When a vein is working at its best, tiny one-way valves and pressure from elastic walls help force blood towards the heart. If this system fails, blood can give into gravity, pooling backward into the vessel. This produces the bulging, twisted appearance common to varicose veins. The effects are not merely aesthetic: many patients experience a sense of heaviness in their legs, swelling, and a feeling of tenderness around the affected vessel. All of these symptoms stem from the vein’s inability to return blood to the heart.
Spider veins (also referred to as telangiectasias) are similar to varicose veins in that a poorly functioning blood vessel is often the cause. However, this type of vein disease is smaller and much more superficial. While spider veins are usually treated for aesthetic reasons, they may be associated with a more serious venous condition.
Dr. Chuback will work with you to find a treatment that works best for your situation. You may undergo conservative treatment, sclerotherapy, endovenous laser ablation, or a combination of treatments. No matter what form your treatment takes, rest assured that both spider and varicose veins can be addressed safely, effectively, and with very little downtime.