How Do Spider and Varicose Veins Form?
Valves within the veins help facilitate blood flow even against gravity, but when these valves malfunction, blood can pool or even backflow, resulting in varicose veins that twist and bulge. Smaller areas of backflow cause spider veins, which are close to the surface and dark blue, red, or purple. Late stage venous insufficiency can result in irreversible skin and soft tissue damage and poor wound healing. While spider vein treatment is mostly considered cosmetic, they can be a sign of a greater underlying health concern. Varicose veins are a bigger threat to patient health and with symptoms such as pain, swelling, tiredness, aching, Restless Leg Syndrome, cramps, skin discoloration, and ulcers.
There are several treatments for both spider and varicose veins, but the gold standard has become sclerotherapy, a minimally invasive treatment that resolves insufficient spider veins and smaller varicose veins before they have the chance to worsen.
Am I a Good Candidate?
Those who most benefit from sclerotherapy are between 30-60 years of age with spider or small varicose veins who are not pregnant or less than 3 months post-childbirth. Those with a history of blood clotting may require alternative vascular treatment. A consultation at Colorado Skin & Vein can provide the best treatment options for your individual vascular condition.