Your once-smooth and blemish-free legs have developed spider veins, and you’re not all that happy with their arrival. Welcome to a large club — up to 55% of women and up to 45% of men in the United States have spider veins, which includes half of people over the age of 50.
If, like many of these people, you’re looking for an easy, minimally invasive solution for spider veins, we’ve got just the ticket — two, in fact.
Here at Humble Cardiology Associates, vascular expert Dr. Madaiah Revana and the team offer a cutting-edge technology called VeinGogh®, as well as tried-and-true sclerotherapy treatments. Between these two, we’re sure to have the right solution for your spider veins.
Here’s a look at how spider veins develop and why VeinGogh and sclerotherapy work so well in getting rid of them.
Spider veins 101
The first thing to understand about spider veins — aside from how common they are — is that they’re generally not medically serious. These veins occur in what we call superficial veins, which are only responsible for about 10% of the blood flow back up to your heart.
Spider veins develop when tiny, shut-off valves in your veins weaken, which allows blood to spill backward. When this happens, the extra blood can engorge a vein and send it to the surface of your skin, creating a spider vein or a varicose vein.
Women are more prone to spider veins because they’re linked to hormonal fluctuations, as well as pregnancy. That said, men and women of all ages can develop spider veins, though they tend to occur with more frequency as people get older and the valves in their legs naturally weaken.
Getting rid of spider veins
Since the blood vessels involved in spider veins aren’t doing any heavy lifting in terms of blood circulation, our goal in treating spider veins is to simply eliminate them. Rest assured, if the veins are active, your blood finds healthier vessels to make the journey back up to your heart.
There are two ways we can reduce spider veins:
With this technology, we insert a tiny probe in the area of your spider vein and release a microburst of energy. This energy causes your blood to coagulate and your vein to collapse. The remnants of the vein are then reabsorbed by your body, leaving a vein-free surface behind.
With this approach, we inject a solution into the vein that closes it off, causing the vein to wither, and then it’s reabsorbed by your body.
Both of these treatments are minimally invasive and take us about 30 minutes to administer, at which point you’re free to get on with your day, since there's no downtime.
As for results, be patient while your body processes the treated veins. But before you know it, you’ll be showing off vein-free legs.
To figure out which minimally invasive spider vein treatment is right for you, please schedule an appointment with us at one of our two offices in Humble or Houston, Texas.