What are spider veins?

Decoding Spider Veins: Understanding and Addressing this Common Vascular Condition

Spider veins, clinically referred to as telangiectasia, are minute, thread-like veins that typically appear red or blue. They are prominently visible beneath the surface of the skin, originating from reticular veins, or feeder veins. These feeder veins, which reside slightly deeper within the skin, form a complex network. In some patients, spider veins may be less apparent or even concealed due to their depth within the skin. It’s crucial to recognize that spider veins can multiply and potentially serve as a foundation for the development of additional veins if not addressed promptly. Spider veins, when isolated from significant large varicose veins, are deemed a cosmetic concern and therefore typically not covered by health insurance.

Unraveling the Causes of Spider Veins

The primary catalyst for spider veins is hormonal fluctuations, commonly associated with menstrual cycles, pregnancy, and menopause. Other factors such as advancing age, weight gain, and genetic predisposition can also instigate the appearance of spider veins. They are predominantly influenced by female hormones, making them more prevalent in women. However, men are not immune to this condition. In men, the small veins, which are darker and larger in appearance, are usually high-pressured “blow-outs” resulting from nearby varicose veins.

Although surface spider veins do not typically induce pain, the feeder veins situated deeper in the skin can cause discomfort, giving rise to symptoms such as “restless legs”. It’s common for patients to exhibit a combination of both varicose and spider veins. While some patients may seek treatment for aesthetic enhancement, most individuals pursue medical intervention to alleviate pain.

The Path to Treating Spider Veins

At the Reno Vein Clinic, we address spider veins utilizing a proven micro-injection procedure known as Sclerotherapy. This treatment allows us to effectively manage not only the visible surface spider veins but also the underlying feeder veins. By targeting both surface and feeder veins, we can significantly enhance long-term outcomes. While most treatment sessions last under an hour, it's important to note that achieving optimal results often necessitates multiple treatment sessions. We remain committed to offering tailored treatment strategies that align with the unique needs and expectations of our patients.

Eliminating unsightly spider veins has never been easier. Book an appointment today to discuss your treatment options.