While spider veins aren’t generally a cause for worry, the skilled surgeons at Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center offer solutions to address the unsightly, weblike veins. At their offices in Riverhead, Port Jefferson Station, and Hauppauge, New York, you can receive customized, minimally invasive treatments to reduce the appearance of spider veins and keep blood flowing efficiently. Find out more about options for erasing noticeable spider veins by calling the office nearest you or by booking an appointment online today.
Spider veins are thin red, bluish, or purple veins that form under the surface of your skin and resemble spider webs. Spider veins are similar to varicose veins, but they don’t protrude beneath the skin like the larger, bulging varicose versions do.
You develop spider veins when the blood flow in your legs isn’t circulating properly. For example, weak valves in the veins can allow blood to flow back into the vein, where it pools. The smaller spider veins do not always become varicose veins.
Spider veins can affect the face but are most commonly found in the legs. That’s because blood flow in the legs must fight gravity and travel a greater distance to get back to the heart than in any other area of the body.
Your Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center physician can diagnose spider veins during a physical exam.
To determine the severity of poor blood circulation in your legs, your doctor may request an ultrasound to evaluate how blood flows through your legs.
Generally, spider veins that aren’t causing symptoms or pain may be simply observed, or compression stockings may be used to improve blood flow in your legs. Compression wear can also reduce your risk for new spider veins or the development of varicose veins.
If your spider veins are painful or interfere with your usual activities, your Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center physician may recommend sclerotherapy, a minimally invasive procedure that involves the injection of a solution to close the veins. Your blood then flows through nearby healthy veins, while your body absorbs the damaged veins.
Not all occurrences of spider veins are preventable, especially when they develop due to your age or during pregnancy. However, the staff at Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center can provide recommendations for reducing your risk through lifestyle modifications.
These modifications may include:
You should also try to avoid sitting and standing for long periods of time, taking small breaks or walks on the job to maintain healthy circulation in your legs.
If you need solutions for painful spider veins, schedule a consultation with the team at Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center online or by calling the office nearest you.