Most people are familiar with varicose and spider veins, whether it be from a special they saw on TV, an article they read online or something they’ve experienced firsthand. However, many people are unaware that when these veins are left untreated, they have the tendency to not only grow in size and number but can also cause an array of symptoms including pain, cramping, itching, burning, tingling and other types of discomfort, and as these veins continue to grow increasingly worse, they make the process of treating them more difficult and complex.
For all these reasons, it’s important to know what varicose and spider veins are, what they look like, how they’re caused and to also be familiar with the existing treatment options. That way if you ever notice them or experience symptoms yourself, you can seek treatment from experienced vein doctors such as those at The Vein Doctor Medical Group as soon as possible and avoid having a more severe issue on your hands down the road.
Varicose veins, the larger and more problematic of the two, form when blood vessels twist and turn, causing them to become entangled, raised and swollen. These are most commonly seen in the legs and feet.
Spider veins are networks of dilated capillaries that tend to be smaller in size and appear red, blue or purple in color. They were given the name “spider veins” for their web-like appearance and are commonly seen in the legs, feet and face.
Varicose and spider veins are both generally visible on the skin’s surface and while they are merely a cosmetic issue for many people, others – especially those with severe varicose veins – may experience the symptoms mentioned above or develop circulatory problems as a result of these damaged blood vessels and valves.
Common Factors That Predispose People
There are a number of health-related factors that have been associated with a higher likelihood of developing varicose and spider veins, including, but not limited to:
- Birth Control Pills
- Personal or Family History of Blood Clots
- Side Effects of Postmenopausal Hormone Replacement Therapy
- High-Hormone Stages of Life (e.g. Puberty, Pregnancy, Menopause, etc.)
- Occupations That Require Standing for Long Periods of Time (e.g. Teachers, Factory Workers, Nurses and Doctors, Hair Stylists, etc.)
What Treatment Options Exist?
The Vein Doctor Medical Group offers two safe, minimally invasive and highly effective treatment options for men and women living with varicose and spider veins:
VenaCure Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT™) – This is a safe, fast, minimally invasive laser procedure that has grown extremely popular due to its ability to effectively eliminate varicose and spider veins without leaving scars or requiring lengthy downtime. Performed right here in our welcoming Palm Desert office, this procedure is performed under local anesthesia and is usually completed in less than 45 minutes.
Sclerotherapy – During this procedure, Medical Director Dr. Greenberg will use a small needle to inject a sclerosant, a medication that treats both varicose and spider veins by irritating the lining of the veins, causing them to ultimately collapse. The injected surface veins are then naturally reabsorbed and eliminated from sight. The number of sclerotherapy treatments needed to completely eliminate visible, surface-level veins varies depending on the type, number and size of the veins being targeted.
Both EVLT and sclerotherapy are fast, minimally invasive procedures that involve no surgery, vein stripping, unsightly scars or downtime, so you can look forward to being in and out of our office and back to your routine activities in no time.
Discover for Yourself Why Dr. Greenberg Is Known as the Michelangelo of Veins
With more than 20 years of experience treating varicose and spider veins, there’s truly no vein Dr. Greenberg cannot eliminate. He was the first physician to bring a vein practice to the Palm Desert area and he’s the last specialist you’ll ever need to see for your vein concerns. To learn more about The Vein Doctor Medical Group’s variety of varicose and spider vein treatments, click here or give us a call today.