Spider veins are red, blue, or purple veins that twist and turn and are clearly visible through the skin. They most commonly occur on the legs, face, or chest. Spider veins are basically small varicose veins, caused by blood pooling in the vein that results in the vein becoming distended and, therefore, visible. Unlike large varicose veins, spider veins do not cause much physical discomfort or have any health impact, but they can be unsightly and reduce quality of life and self-esteem, especially when they occur on the face. If you are considering spider vein treatment in the Charleston area, make an appointment at our office in Mount Pleasant to learn more about your options.
What Causes Spider Veins?
The primary cause of spider veins appears to be a combination of genetics, female hormonal influences, and aging; namely, if your mother, grandmother, or older sister developed spider veins, it is very likely you will too. Standing for prolonged periods of time may contribute to the development of spider veins in the legs. Injuries, trauma, and exposure to sunlight may also contribute to the development of spider veins. Fortunately, spider vein treatment exists.
One popular treatment for large spider veins is called sclerotherapy. In sclerotherapy, a special solution is injected into the vein. The solution damages the interior of the vein, causing a clot to form, completely blocking the vein. The vein is then slowly broken down and absorbed by the body over the following weeks. This quick, simple, outpatient procedure is very effective and is considered to be quite safe for men and women in Charleston.
VeinGogh™ can also be used for spider vein treatment. It is used to treat spider veins that are too small to be treated with sclerotherapy. A device the size of a pencil is used to insert a tiny fiber into the spider vein. The fiber delivers a microburst of heat to the walls of the vein, damaging them and causing the vein to collapse. Similar to sclerotherapy, the vein is then broken down and absorbed by the body over the following weeks.
Learn More Information During a Consultation
You can get all the facts about VeinGogh™ vs. sclerotherapy for spider vein treatment during an initial consultation at The Vein Center in Mount Pleasant. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with our team in the Charleston area!