Spider veins are small broken vessels near the surface of the skin that are usually red or blue in color. They’re called spider veins because that’s what they resemble–the connected web of a spider. Spider veins may appear in different places on the body, but they commonly occur on the face and on the legs.
We treat spider veins regularly at Vein Specialists of Tennessee, because they’re very common. In fact, we pay close attention to them, because they can be a signal that more significant vein damage is farther below the surface of the skin.
Spider veins can be a symptom of larger varicose veins. During our examination, we’ll check to see if there are larger veins below the surface of the skin that are damaged, and help you determine a course of treatment that can avoid more extensive and expensive treatments later.
So that’s why it’s always a good idea to get spider veins checked.
Spider Vein Treatment
Treating spider veins themselves is usually a relatively simple procedure. Because they are often close to the surface of the skin, spider veins can be effectively treated using sclerotherapy. A sclerosing solution is injected into the vein that causes it to collapse. The body then heals itself by re-routing blood flow and the old vein disappears. There is very little scarring from this procedure, and the old veins typically disappear within a few weeks.
Spider vein treatment is a quick way to create a more youthful appearance.
Want to see what can be done about your spider veins? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Tarr at Vein Specialists of Tennessee. We’ll provide a thorough examination and go over treatment options with you. We’ll also explain any options you might have for insurance coverage. Even without insurance, spider vein treatment is usually very affordable.
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