Spider Vein Overview
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What Are Spider Veins?
Pesky and unattractive, spider veins are truly cosmetic in nature, they appear as thread-like (1mm or less) red, blue or purplish veins and are commonly found on calves, thighs, and ankles, and sometimes occur in clusters.
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.
Unfortunately, the term spider vein is no stranger to many, as it’s estimated that close to 55% of adult females and 45% of adult men suffer from some sort of vein problems, including spider veins.
Spider veins are the result of weak or damaged valves in veins. These spider veins form overtime when valves do not allow blood to leave the veins, making blood back up and therefore, the veins well. Certain factors increase the risk of developing spider veins, including:
- Family history
- A history of blood clots
- Wearing a girdle or clothing that is too tight
Although multiple options are available for the treatment of spider veins, including laser treatment and sclerotherapy injections, we rely exclusively on sclerotherapy – the gold standard in spider vein treatment. Sclerotherapy is a relatively simple treatment that involves injecting an FDA-approved solution directly into the vein via a tiny needle, which irritates the lining of the vein and causes it to collapse. The vein is reabsorbed and fades over the course of 4-6 weeks. Some areas will require more than one treatment to achieve full fading. Medically prescribed compression stockings are worn for 2-3 after each treatment session. Most patients require 3-5 treatments, but the actual number will vary with every person.
Learn more about what Albuquerque Vein & Laser Institute offers in Spider Vein Treatment Options.
Albuquerque’s Most Experienced Nurse Sclerotherapist!
Bess Holt, RN, is the Nurse Sclerotherapist on-staff at Albuquerque Vein & Laser Institute. Bess attended nursing school in her hometown of Miami, FL, where she was class valedictorian. Bess is an experienced, dedicated nurse, and has worked in the operating room as a scrub nurse and registered nurse for several decades. Having received advanced training in sclerotherapy (treatment for spider veins), Bess has been an accomplished sclerotherapist since 2005 and has developed a reputation as Albuquerque’s best sclerotherapist. She is a tremendous asset.
If you would like to learn more about Spider Vein treatment, please call our office at 505-848-8346 today to schedule a consultation or fill out the form on this page and one of our trusted staff members will reach out to you promptly.