What causes Varicose and Spider Veins?
Heredity is the leading factor in venous disease. Female hormones contribute to venous disorders and exert influence during puberty and pregnancy or when used for birth control or in the treatment of menopause. Logically, women suffer from varicose and spider veins more often than men. Sixty to seventy percent of varicose veins, which develop during pregnancy will disappear within three months after delivery. Those that do not resolve should be evaluated.
Normal circulation requires healthy arterial blood flow from the heart to the legs and is complete when normal veins channel blood back to the heart. A disruption in this normal circulation pattern can lead to varicose or spider veins. Signs and symptoms may include unsightly varices, pain, discomfort, swelling, fatigue or itching. Severe cases can result in skin breakdown and ulceration. "Spider veins" may be a sign of larger vein disease or a purely cosmetic problem. New techniques and procedures allow treatment of venous disorders on an outpatient basis with little discomfort and outstanding cosmetic results.
Varicose veins are large veins that do not respond well to treatment by injection. However, new techniques have replaced traditional "vein stripping." Varicose veins can now be treated in an outpatient setting, allowing the patient to resume normal activities. In addition, outstanding cosmetic results accompany the symptomatic relief provided by these procedures. Most insurance companies cover treatment of varicose veins.
Spider veins are tiny dilated blood vessels in the legs or face. Treatment consists of injecting a solution with a hair-like needle to destroy the vessel. The procedure is performed in the doctor's office. Each session lasts fifteen to thirty minutes. The number of sessions required depends on the extent of the problem. After each session, you may resume your normal activities. However, you will be required to wear a compression garment for a short time. Facial vessels do not require compression.
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Varicose veins may be treated with sclerotherapy, removed surgically or be treated with a laser. The treatment choice is determined by the size and location of the vessel and may require an ultrasound evaluation.
Sclerotherapy - Spider Veins
Sclerotherapy (from the Greek word skleros, meaning hard) involves a series of relatively painless injections of a solution into an abnormal vein in order to make the vein disappear. The solution irritates and damages the lining of the vein, eventually causing it to develop scar tissue and virtually disappear.
Patients typically undergo 2-3 sessions of sclerotherapy. After the treatment, some people experience a tingling sensation in the legs. Others report burning or itching, which usually does not last more than a few minutes. After each series of injections, your treated veins will be compressed with a tight bandage or compression hose. You may resume normal activities immediately.
We are proud to have Deb Graber on our staff to offer skin care. Deb has 20 years of experience in skin care, and she has worked with many of the top cosmetic and dermatologic physicians in Indiana. She offers a wide range of skin care treatments as well as “Image" brand skin care medical line.
Dr. Rich offers non-invasive skin care treatments, including BOTOX and dermal fillers. These treatments safely and effectively reduce the signs of aging without the risk or cost of surgery. Together with our esthetician, we can plan a non-invasive approach to a more youthful appearance.