Varicose Veins & Spider Veins
What are Spider Veins
In some women and men, spider veins—those small clusters of red, blue or purple veins that appear on the thighs, calves and ankles—become noticeable at a young age. For others, the veins may not become obvious until much later.
Spider Veins are very small veins which become obvious when the pressure inside the vein increases enough to overcome normal resistance to blood flow. The ability of veins to resist increased pressure is greatly reduced among women when the blood level of estrogen is reduced.
Reticular Veins are small, bluish colored veins that carry blood to the skin venules and therefore, are larger. These veins have thin walls and dilate with excessive venous pressure. When this occurs, they become large enough to be unsightly, but are not considered to be varicose veins.
Varicose Veins are large, bulging veins often associated with tired, painful or achy legs. Sometimes varicose veins are deeper under the skin surface and not visible, however, the symptoms tend to be the same.
Causes of Spider Veins
A number of factors may contribute to the development of spider veins in the legs, including:
- Hormonal shifts
- Occupations or activities that require prolonged sitting or standing
- Weight fluctuation
Boise Image Enhancement Centre providers have over 3 decades of experience treating spider and varicose veins. To date, our team has safely treated over 300,000 hours worth of veins in well over 10,000 satisfied guests. Boise Image Enhancement Centre is the trusted provider Saint Luke’s Hospital practitioners refer to.
Benefits of Treatments
There are effective, safe and relatively painless methods available for reducing spider veins. The majority of people who have sclerotherapy performed will be cleared of their unsightly veins or at least see improvement. Approximately 90% of patients who undergo sclerotherapy have marked reduction in veins and there is little downtime following treatments. This means that you can get back to your daily activities shortly after the procedure
Types of Treatments
- Sclerotherapy: Sclerotherapy is an actual injection into the vein. We do not use a saline (or salt) solution, which we find is not as effective and is much more painful with greater risks. We use the two newest FDA approved agents, Asclera and Sotradecol. These agents cause the vein to collapse and our body will then reabsorb it.
- ELOS Intense Pulsed Light and Laser Treatments: Intense Pulsed Lights (IPL) and lasers can be used for the treatment of superficial, benign vascular lesions. The IPL delivers a concentrated pulse of light to the vein to be treated. The light heats the blood vessels, which cases damage to the vessel walls. As a result, the veins shrink and disappear. ELSO IPL penetrates the unwanted vessel without damaging or scarring the surrounding tissue. Clinical results may vary with skin type and size of vein.
Before & After Photos
The procedure takes approximately 15 mins to 1 hour depending on the size of the area and the number of veins being treated. Depending on the type of solution used, you may experience mild itching along the vein. This itching normally lasts 15 minutes to an hour, however it may last 1 to 2 days. A few patients may experience mild to moderate pain and some bruising, usually at the site of the injection. The veins may be tender to the touch after treatment, and an uncomfortable sensation may run along the vein route. This pain is usually temporary, in most cases lasting 1 to 7 days.
Activity can be resumed immediately after the vein treatment and medical compression hose may be recommended depending on the severity of the veins.
Treated veins may lighten gradually over several months, with 3-5 sessions as the average with a minimum of two treatments required for most patients. It is important to realize that sclerotherapy does not prevent development of new spider veins and varicosities over the years. Many people will require treatments from time to time to keep their legs clear. Standing occupations, pregnancy, and estrogen increase this tendency.