What Are Spider Veins?
Spider veins, also known as telangectasias, are typically harmless, small dilated blood vessels near the surface of the skin. They are often red or purple in color and are usually formed in clusters on the thighs, behind the knees and near the feet and ankles. Although these veins are not commonly symptomatic, some individuals experience itching and occasional rupture of these veins.
Risk Factors of Spider Veins
The following are risk factors closely associated with spider veins:
- Family history of venous disease
- Gender (more common in females)
- Occupation requiring prolonged standing or sitting
Treatment of Spider Veins
Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive in-office procedure, where a sterile solution known as a sclerosant is injected through a small needle directly into your vein. This solution causes it to close down. To compensate for the loss of the vein, blood circulation is re-routed through healthy veins. Sclerotherapy is not covered by insurance as it is considered cosmetic.
Are you suffering from unsightly spider veins? Â Heart of Dixie Vein Center offers minimally invasive spider vein treatment in St George, Cedar City and Kanab. Â Have further questions regarding vein treatment and whether or not it is right for you?