Spider Veins

Reticular veins are the veins you see just beneath the surface of your skin. These reticular veins can be distinguished by their green and blue colors just beneath the surface. These reticular veins are also uneven, branched and close together as they feed blood out to the skin.

Reticular veins are visible this way because they are often over full with pressure pushing through the deeper tissues to the surface of the skin. These veins can become painful since they derive their pressure from larger veins, sometimes enlarged varicose veins somewhere on the surface as well. Reticular veins are the feeder veins that supply the extra blood to the surface blood vessels, eventually forming what we call spider veins.

What is sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure that requires no anesthetic and can be done in the clinic. A small needle is used to inject the affected blood vessels and veins to close them off. A specific salt solution or medication is injected into the veins causing the vein walls to stick together and seal off. These tiny veins will scar and eventually be reabsorbed into the skin and the body will find another pathway for the blood, farther away from the surface.

The cause of reticular veins can range from genetic predisposition to enlarged veins. People with reticular veins often can be overweight, which puts pressure on the blood vessels needing extra brevity to move the blood through stressed vessels. Even those who are in shape can experience this vein condition due to excessive stress on the legs, depending on activity.

Causes of Reticular Veins

  • Genetic predisposition
  • Excess weight
  • Pregnancy
  • Age
  • Certain medications
  • Blood clots
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How do we treat reticular veins?

Reticular veins are the veins that feed blue and red spider veins in the skin and are at the root of their appearance. In order to target any potential spider veins that will form or to prevent this condition, we treat reticular veins with sclerotherapy. These veins have become overstressed with pressure from a variety of issues such as weight gain and hormonal changes. Sclerotherapy helps to seal off the veins as painlessly as possible.

Call Windward Vein to find out how to get rid of reticular veins once and for all.

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