Spider veins can be unsightly, forming patterns of blue or red lines on your legs and face. If you'd like to get rid of your spider veins, Bud Shuler, MD, and Natasha Gray, MCMSc, PA-C, of Vascular Associates, LLC in Panama City and Panama City Beach, Florida, can help. They deliver expert treatments, including sclerotherapy, to eliminate unsightly spider veins. Call the practice today to arrange a consultation or use the online form to schedule an appointment.
Spider veins are tiny blue or red veins that are shaped like tree branches. They often appear on the calves and ankles later in life. Over 50% of adults develop spider veins, with women getting them in higher numbers than men.
Spider veins aren't harmful in themselves and can occur in people who are perfectly healthy. They can be a source of embarrassment, though, especially as they tend to appear in places that are often uncovered, like your face.
In some cases, spider veins are an early sign of a more serious circulatory condition. For that reason — even if you aren't bothered by their appearance — have your spider veins evaluated by the experts at Vascular Associates, LLC.
Spider veins might develop if you have a condition called venous insufficiency, which is the most common cause of varicose veins. It means that blood flow isn't as efficient as it should be, so blood is gathering in your veins. It's one explanation for the appearance of spider veins on your legs.
Another explanation is that spider veins are due to dilation of the small blood vessels called capillaries that lie just under your skin.
Several factors increase your risk of developing spider veins. These include:
Overexposure to the sun, combined with the effects of prolonged heat or cold, increases your chances of developing spider veins considerably.
Vascular Associates, LLC specializes in using sclerotherapy to treat spider veins. Sclerotherapy is a procedure where your provider uses a tiny needle to inject a chemical solution or foam into the spider veins.
The solution or sclerosant blocks blood flow in the spider veins, so your body diverts blood through other veins. The treated spider veins gradually break down, and in time your body absorbs them.
While sclerotherapy successfully makes unsightly spider veins disappear, you may develop new spider veins in the future.
If you feel uncomfortable with the appearance of spider veins or you're concerned about your vein health, call Vascular Associates, LLC today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.