Spider Veins

Whether due to old age or injury, when veins become worn out or damaged, they no longer function as they should. When the vein can no longer return blood to the heart, blood can pool near the damaged veins and cause unsightly discoloration near the surface of the skin. These discolorations are called spider veins. Spider vein symptoms aren’t typically painful, but the visible effects of spider veins can cause embarrassment or other emotions of discomfort to those affected with spider veins.

At Heart of Dixie Vein and Vascular Center, we have all the necessary tools and a vast amount of experience for spider vein treatment and spider vein removal. With our expertise, we’ll help you restore the right coloration to the areas of your legs with spider veins. We’ll also help with any spider veins symptoms by returning your circulatory system to normal functioning.

Spider Vein Risk Factors

A variety of factors can cause spider veins to develop in adults. While spider veins are more likely to develop in women, men are still at risk of having spider veins. Some of the risk factors that can lead to the appearance of spider veins include:

  • Family history: A hereditary disposition for vein damage can lead to the condition, regardless of a healthy lifestyle and exercise.
  • Standing for long periods: Occupations or regular activities that require a lot of standing can increase the chances of developing spider veins.
  • Pregnancy: If you have spider veins already, pregnancy can cause them to become more numerous and more visible. The hormonal influences that women experience while pregnant can also lead to the development of spider veins even if they do not already have spider veins.
  • Hormones: Other hormonal changes such as menopause, puberty, postmenopausal hormonal replacement, and birth control can cause spider veins to develop.
  • Damage to veins through age or injury.
  • Obesity: Weighing more than is healthy can increase a person’s chances of developing spider veins.
  • Other conditions such as tumors, constipation, and pressure in the abdomen are also risk factors for spider veins.

Common Spider Vein Symptoms

Vein insufficiency can become apparent in several ways. Spider veins are some of the most obvious to spot because they are typically found near the surface of the skin. Spider veins are narrow and branching webs of blue, red, or purple discoloration and are very easy to diagnose. Sometimes spider veins are more than simply cosmetic, however. In some cases of spider veins, no pain is caused, but sometimes spider vein symptoms do show in a patient. Some of the additional symptoms that may arise from spider veins include:

  • Heaviness, aching, and throbbing discomfort or pain surrounding the injured veins
  • Muscle cramping and swelling, especially in the lower legs, ankles, and feet
  • Increased pain when sitting or standing for long periods
  • Itching around the affected area
  • Bleeding/rupturing may also occur from fragile or injured spider veins

Spider Vein Treatment and Removal Options

Heart of Dixie Vein and Vascular Center is here to help patients recover from spider veins in St. George, Cedar City, and the surrounding areas. We have several spider vein treatment options available thanks to the latest tools and techniques advanced by healthcare professionals.

Our ultrasound guided sclerotherapy is an injection of a medical solution that collapses spider veins, allowing the body to absorb the damaged veins and reroute the blood flow to working veins. The treatment is minimally invasive, and we can even perform the treatment right in our office. Two or three treatments effectively return excellent circulation and coloration to your legs.

We also offer laser treatments and ThermoClear treatments to treat spider veins. These options not only treat spider veins but several other vascular issues as well. Learn more about the treatments we offer here.

Contact Heart of Dixie Today

If you’re looking for spider vein treatment in St. George, Cedar City, or Mesquite, give us a call and schedule a consultation with our expert staff today. Our friendly and knowledgeable doctors have the tools and experience to help your legs recover from the discomfort and discoloration of spider veins. Let us provide comfort and healing to give you the confidence you need today.

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