Spider Veins

Comprehensive Vascular Care

Vascular Surgery & Vein and Wound Specialists located in Southfield, MI & Novi, MI

Though spider veins aren’t harmful to your health, they may make you feel self-conscious about your appearance. The board-certified vascular, vein, and wound care specialists at Comprehensive Vascular Care in Southfield and Novi, Michigan, perform in-office sclerotherapy to get rid of spider veins and improve the look of your skin. To book a consultation and learn more about spider vein treatment, call the nearest office, or book an appointment online today.

Spider Veins Q & A

What are spider veins?

Spider veins are small visible veins that occur on the legs. They’re called spider veins because they appear in clusters and look like spider webs.

Unlike varicose veins, spider veins don’t affect the texture of your skin. However, they affect the look, creating red, purple, or blue web-like discolorations that vary in size.  

Spider veins generally don’t affect your health, but they can cause aching or burning sensations. Whether your spider veins cause problems or not, you may not like the way they look.

But with advancements in medical treatments and technology, you don’t have to live with your spider veins.  

 

What causes spider veins?

Damaged valves cause spider veins. Your veins push blood back to your heart and lungs. Valves in your veins open and close to help move the blood forward and prevent blood from pooling backward.

If your valves are unable to completely close, the blood falls backward, creating the visible veins. 

You may be at risk of developing spider veins if you spend long periods of time sitting or standing, which places additional pressure on the veins. Spider veins are also more common as you get older. 

 

How are spider veins treated?

The vein and vascular experts at Comprehensive Vascular Care use sclerotherapy to treat spider veins. 

During the in-office procedure, your provider injects your vein with a special solution that irritates the lining of the vein and causes it to collapse. Your body reroutes blood flow through a healthy vein. 

Though you may feel a slight pinch during your injection, sclerotherapy causes little discomfort, and there’s no need for anesthesia. You may need several injections, depending on the size and number of spider veins undergoing treatment.

However, most sclerotherapy treatments at Comprehensive Vascular Care take only 30 minutes. 

 

What happens after my spider vein treatment?

You should be able to resume your usual activities after your spider vein treatment at Comprehensive Vascular Care. To support circulation and the healing process, your provider recommends you wear compression stockings for up to two weeks after your treatment.

It takes about three to six weeks for your spider veins to fade away. 

You may need two to three sclerotherapy treatments to get the best results. Your provider at Comprehensive Vascular Care reviews the details of your treatment plan at your consultation, so you know what to expect.

Once you complete your spider vein treatments, your provider continues to monitor you and your veins with regular follow-up care.

Contact Comprehensive Vascular Care by phone or online today to learn more about treatment options for spider veins.