Spider Veins (Telangiectasias)

Spider Vein is a Vein Vascular condition in which small veins and capillaries become swollen because of Venous Reflux. Who can get spider vein? Read More!

Spider Veins

Spider Veins, Thread Veins or Telangiectasias is a medical condition in which small veins and capillaries become swollen because of Venous Reflux. Unlike Varicose Veins, Spider veins do not protrude but appear as a cluster of red veins similar to a spider’s web on the surface of the skin. Spider Veins are commonly found on the face or legs. Spider veins do not commonly cause pain or discomfort; people may choose to have them removed for cosmetic reasons.

A female patient of 'varicose veins', showing her thigh

Who Can Get Spider Veins?

As compared to men, women are twice as likely to have Spider Veins and Varicose Veins. Women are more likely to get Spider veins because of the following reasons:

i. Pregnancy
The amount of blood flowing through the body increases during pregnancy. The increase in the amount of blood puts unusual pressure on veins, which causes them to swell.

ii. Use Birth Control or Menopause Medication
Spider vein can occur as a side effect of birth control pills or menopause medication. Women commonly use hormonal contraceptives or menopause medication. These medications increase the amount of the hormone estrogen in the body. Estrogen can weaken the valves of veins, which causes the veins to become swollen, twisted, and enlarged.

Spider Veins Causes

Other causes of Spider Veins, common to both men and women, are:

  • Individuals who have a family history of varicose veins and spider veins
  • Individuals who are prone to sitting or standing for prolonged time periods are more likely to get Spider Veins
  • Individuals who are overweight and obese are more likely to get Spider Veins
  • The valves of the vein weaken with age, older people are more likely to get Spider Veins

Spider Vein Symptoms

The most common symptoms of Spider Veins are:

  • Discoloration of skin: skin becomes red and the veins look like branches of a tree or a Spider’s web
  • Pain: Individuals may experience throbbing pain in legs and ankles
  • Cramps in the leg are frequent
  • Legs and ankles may swell
  • The affected area may become dry and itchy

Spider Vein Treatments

There are several treatment options for Spider Veins removal. These are:

1. Self-Care
The physician may prescribe self-care steps if the Spider Veins are not causing discomfort or if the symptoms are mild. The physician will ask the patient to increase physical activity, do not stand or sit for prolonged time periods, lose weight in case of obesity, alleviate feet when sitting, and use compression stockings or support stockings.

2. Non-Surgical Procedures
There are several non-surgical procedures which can be used to treat Spider Veins. The most effective are:
a. Sclerotherapy
b. Radiofrequency Ablation

3. Laser Surgery
If Sclerotherapy and thermal ablations are ineffective, then the vein specialists will prescribe laser surgery for removing Spider Veins in legs and other body parts.

Spider Veins laser removal is a safe procedure; the vascular surgeon treats the affected area by sending bursts of laser light through the veins. No incisions are made.

Where can you get Spider Vein Surgery in NJ?

At Complete Medical Wellness center, healthcare physicians provide the most professional diagnosis and treatment for Spider Veins. We have the best vascular surgeons in NJ, specializing in vascular diseases, who will treat Spider Veins through the most suitable treatment option.

Call us today to schedule an appointment with the best Vein Vascular Surgeons in NJ at Complete Medical Wellness (CMW).