Vein Treatments

It is estimated that more than 80 million Americans have some form of vein problems. For many men and women, varicose veins and spider veins make them feel less attractive. However, it’s important to note that this condition may lead to serious problems if not treated. Heredity is the number one contributing factor. Hormonal factors, pregnancy, aging, standing occupations, obesity and leg injury all may contribute to the development of spider and varicose veins.

Varicose Veins
These are bulging veins that are larger than spider veins and are usually associated with symptoms (pain, heaviness, fatigue) Rarely, varicose veins can lead to dermatitis and leg ulceration.  Varicose veins also can increase the risk of phlebitis and blood clots.

Spider veins are small red, blue and purple veins that commonly appear on the surface of the legs. At least one third of women are troubled with this common problem. People often seek treatment for spider veins because of cosmetic concerns. However, there can be associated symptoms due to underlying varicose vein problems. A thorough examination should be performed prior to treatment and may require a non-invasive ultrasound evaluation to determine if any underlying problem exists.