Vein problems are extremely common, with about 55 percent of women and 45 percent of men in the United States affected. As we age, the risk of vein problems increases as veins weaken and stop working the way they should.
Varicose Vs. Spider Veins
Although similar, varicose and spider veins are slightly different. Varicose veins are larger and often found on the thighs or the back or inside of the legs. Spider veins are smaller, closer to the surface of the skin and found commonly on the legs and face.
Causes of Varicose and Spider Veins
Varicose and spider veins are caused by weak or damaged valves that cause blood to leak back into the veins and collect there. Spider veins can also be caused by injury, sun exposure and even changes in hormones.
Vein problems in general can be caused by aging, genetics, pregnancy, obesity and lack of movement.
Sclerotherapy for Spider Veins and Varicose Veins
The most common treatment for spider veins and varicose veins is sclerotherapy. Dr. Wortham injects a solution into the vein using a small needle, which causes the vein to turn into scar tissue and fade away. The procedure is simple, performed in the office and doesn’t even require anesthesia.
Patients can return to their normal daily activity directly after treatment. Compression stockings can help decrease swelling and improve healing time. Depending on the severity of the spider or varicose veins, some patients may see the best results with a few follow-up treatments.