What are spider veins?
Spider veins (telangiectasia or telangiectases) are small, thread-like veins near the surface of the skin. Spider veins often resemble the branches of a tree or spider webs, are typically red, blue, or purple, and are commonly found on the legs and feet. Fed by larger reticular veins, spider veins are typically darker and more noticeable when compared to varicose veins as they are closer to the surface of the skin.
Spider veins are a mild form of another common condition known as varicose veins.
What causes spider veins on the legs and feet?
Spider veins are a very common condition caused by venous insufficiency or reduced vein wall or vein valve function. Venous insufficiency results in poorly functioning valves in the feeder vein (reticular vein) that can can cause blood to flow downward, rather than upward toward the heart. As a result, blood can pool near the surface of the skin, forming spider veins on your legs and feet.
Risk factors associated with causing spider veins include hereditary factors, gender (spider veins tend to affect women more than men), age-related vein deterioration or venous insufficiency, hormonal changes, and pregnancy.
What happens if spider veins are left untreated?
Spider veins can have a significant impact from a cosmetic perspective and can also cause symptoms that affect quality of life and physical comfort, such as pain, itching, and burning sensations.
If left untreated, spider veins often get worse over time.
Quick, comfortable spider vein treatment options
Fortunately, spider veins are easily treatable. The most popular and effective spider vein treatment option is sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy involves a simple injection that causes spider veins to collapse, be reabsorbed by the body, and fade from view. Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure with little-to-no downtime that treats the root cause of spider veins quickly and effectively during a standard office visit.
Following sclerotherapy treatment, patients are fitted with compression bandages or compression socks, which must be worn for approximately five days following the procedure. Patients are able to return to normal activities immediately following sclerotherapy treatment.
For spider veins that are too small or otherwise cannot be treated effectively via sclerotherapy, we offer Veinwave. Veinwave is an innovative procedure that uses thermocoagulation to safely and effectively close or remove spider veins.
Board Certified Vascular Surgeon Dr. Paula Muto and her team of leading spider vein treatment specialists have more than 25 years of experience and have performed thousands of highly-effective spider vein removal or closure procedures. Our team is committed to helping patients quickly and effectively close or remove spider veins in a comfortable, efficient outpatient setting.
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Benefit from our experience and get the right spider vein treatment, the first time. Schedule your free in-person consultation with Dr. Muto to discuss your spider vein concerns and treatment options available to help you look and feel your best as quickly as possible.
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The Muto Vein Center is proud to accept most private and managed care insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid. If you have questions regarding your specific plan, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
For those paying directly, we strive to offer top care for a fair, affordable price.
The Muto Vein Center is proud to accept most private and managed care insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid. For those paying directly, we strive to offer top care for a fair, affordable price.
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