The words “spider veins” and “varicose veins” can cause just about anyone to shudder. No one wants to walk around in shorts or skirts and have a network of veins looking like a road map on our legs. But, is vein removal a healthy, necessary medical treatment or just cosmetic? Let’s take a look!
How Did I Get These Unsightly Veins?
Spider Veins are often cosmetic in nature, appearing as thread-like (1mm or less) red, blue or purplish veins and commonly found on calves, thighs, and ankles. Spider veins may be associated with “feeder veins” or larger underlying varicose veins. Clusters of spider veins, especially around the ankles, can be a symptom of a deeper venous problem, so an examination is recommended.
Varicose Veins are swollen or enlarged veins that are caused by weakened or even damaged vein valves. Contributing factors in the development of varicose veins and spider veins include pregnancy, heredity, increased age, prolonged standing, heavy lifting, and hormonal changes. It is important to note that varicose veins may be associated with the development of other vein diseases that can be serious health issues. Thrombosis is one such problem that can occur when blood clots form in an enlarged vein. Venous Stasis ulcers can also occur when there is no proper drainage in the enlarged veins. With just this much information, it is easy to see that proper care for your veins is critical!
What Treatments Are Available?
Treatments for spider and varicose veins can range from the simple to the more complex. At Albuquerque Vein and Laser Institute, our treatments include:
- EndoVenus Laser Treatment – A minimally-invasive laser treatment used to “close” certain diseased veins that are seen only by ultrasound. A long thin laser fiber is passed up inside the length of the vein to be treated, burning and closing the vein. The treated vein is then left in place and it disappears on its own over the course of 6-12 months
- Endovenous Chemical Ablation – Also known as ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy, this procedure targets and eliminates varicose veins that are hidden from the naked eye and only seen by ultrasound. Here, a chemical irritant, called a sclerosant, is injected into the vein while Dr. Cutchen observes the injection process on the ultrasound screen. The sclerosant damages the lining of the vein wall collapses the vein and eventually leads to the body reabsorbing the destroyed vein
- Ambulatory Phlebectomy – Ambulatory Phlebectomy, Micro-phlebectomy, or “hook” phlebectomy, is a micro-extraction procedure used to remove visible bulging varicose veins, both large and small, that are close to the surface through very small (1/16 – 1/8 inch) micro-incisions.
- Sclerotherapy Injections – The gold standard in spider vein treatment, an FDA-approved solution is injected directly into the vein via a tiny needle. The sclerosant solution irritates the lining of the vein and causes it to collapse.
For more detailed descriptions of each of this in-office, minimally invasive procedures, just click on the links!
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The Benefits of Vein Removal
People often feel overwhelmed when trying to make decisions on whether or not to have medical procedures done. However, there are only benefits to removing your varicose and spider veins!
- Treatments are minimally invasive meaning you return to your normal routines quickly after the procedure.
- Pain will no longer keep you from living your best life. Varicose veins can cause throbbing, burning, aching, and cramping in the legs. These symptoms are relieved once your treatment is complete.
- Increased Mobility will enrich your lifestyle. Once you are pain-free, you can become more mobile and enjoy doing more of the things that make you happy!
- You will sleep better. People who suffer from spider and varicose veins often have trouble sleeping due to restless, aching legs. Once these veins are removed your legs won’t keep you awake and your sleep will be more refreshing.
- You will feel better about your appearance. There will be no more worrying that people are staring at your roadmap of spider veins or bulging varicose veins.
- You will head off more serious issues before they happen. Vein disease, which causes varicose veins and sometimes large clusters of spider veins, is a progressive disease and will not improve on its own. Timely vein treatment is important to avoid more advanced conditions (link to this webpage).
- Insurance often covers most medically-necessary varicose vein treatment, although spider vein treatment is typically considered cosmetic and not covered by insurance.
My experience was first rate. Dr Cutchen is professional and down-to-earth at the same time.
I was very comfortable at this institute and the staff is friendly and helpful.
I also want to mention I am so happy with the results!!!
I highly recommend this Dr and Albuquerque Vein & Laser institute.
Take The Next Step
It’s time to begin treating those veins now so you can look and feel your best and gain the self-confidence that you deserve! Take the next step now by calling the trusted physicians at Albuquerque Vein & Laser Institute at 505-848-VEIN or fill out the form on this page and one of our staff members will reach out to you promptly. Albuquerque Vein & Laser Institute is located in the Journal Center area of Albuquerque and proudly serves vein patients throughout the entire Albuquerque area, as well as Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, Santa Rosa, Los Lunas and other areas throughout New Mexico.
* This blog provides general information and discussion about medicine, health, and related subjects. The words and other content provided in this blog, and in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. If the reader or any other person has a medical concern, he or she should consult with an appropriately licensed physician.