In the big picture, spider veins are one of the more minor of the various vein diseases. Still, they can be unattractive and may cause symptoms. Spider vein treatment is quick and effective, with minimal risks, and is typically performed in the office of a vein doctor or in a vein treatment center. Here’s some information about spider vein treatment from the experts at the Bridgeport Vein Center, a well-known vein clinic in the Portland, Oregon area.
How Spider Veins Develop
Although arteries are smooth inside, veins perform their role of returning blood to the heart with the help of tiny tissue flaps called valves. Muscle contractions in the legs also help pump blood back up to the heart. In a healthy vein, the valves close at each short pause between heartbeats, which prevents the blood from flowing backwards. Over time, however, these valves can fail (the medical term is become incompetent) and blood pools in the vein.
The Appearance of Spider Veins
Although varicose veins are most common in the legs, spider veins can develop in other areas – most notably the face. While they can sometimes be covered with makeup, spider veins are typically very visible. Behind the knee, they may look like a small cluster of blackish or dark purple varicose veins. On the face, they are more likely to be reddish “sunbursts” that look more like a tiny spider web – hence the name.
Spider Vein Treatment: Sclerotherapy
Sclerotherapy is probably the most common treatment vein doctors use for spider veins. Using a tiny needle, the doctor injects a special solution into the spider vein. The solution irritates the wall of the vein, causing it to swell and then collapse. As it heals, the vein scars closed, and is eventually absorbed into the surrounding tissue. It takes about 10 to 30 minutes for a sclerotherapy treatment, which is performed in the doctor’s office. Occasionally mild bruising or swelling may occur; full healing takes several weeks.
Spider Vein Treatment: VeinGogh
For very fine spider veins that may be difficult to treat with sclerotherapy, a VeinGogh treatment may be more effective. VeinGogh uses heat to make the blood in the vein clot and collapse the vein wall. The collapsed vein is then absorbed and disappears. VeinGogh uses a hair-thin insulated probe to deliver a micro-burst of high energy heat directly to the vein. One of the great advantages of VeinGogh as compared to other therapies like lasers is that VeinGogh is effective no matter what your skin color and type. The skin itself is not affected by VeinGogh, only the spider vein.
If you’re troubled by spider veins, the vascular surgeons at Bridgeport Vein Center can help you. Please contact us to schedule an appointment. We can also answer any questions you may have about the procedure or other issues such as scheduling, preparation or payment.