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Treatment for Spider Veins

Along with varicose veins, spider veins are a very common vascular disorder. About half of all adults in the United States suffer from some type of vein problem, with women typically suffering more often from vein problems than men. Our vascular surgeons Dr. Mitar Vranic and Dr. Henry Tarlian frequently consult with patients in Mesa, AZ who are concerned about the appearance of spider veins on their body. At our vein surgery center, we are able to offer effective spider vein treatment to those patients whose health and appearance are being affected by spider veins. Although radiologists and cardiologist can treat spider veins, they usually have limited training, so it is best to visit a qualified and skilled surgeon. Dr. Vranic is considered an expert in spider veins treatment, having completed two vascular fellowships, one traditional and one endovascular at the Arizona Heart Institute and helping to developed medical vein treatment devices.

Spider veins received their name due to their delicate branching, web-like appearance. They occur close to the surface of the skin and are typically red, blue, or purple in color. They may appear on the legs and face and can cover very small or vary large areas of the skin. Spider veins tend to be more apparent in women, as leg hair tends to cover spider veins in men. Some women may begin to notice spider veins forming in their early 20′s, while others don’t develop noticeable spider veins until they are in their 40′s. Some people have a tendency to develop spider veins, while others do not. A number of factors may contribute to the formation of spider veins. These include genetics, injury, sun exposure, hormonal changes, weight gain, pregnancy, and prolonged sitting or standing. Spider veins also tend to be more apparent on people with lighter skin. While spider veins do not typically pose any serious health problems, they may cause discomfort in the legs. Some patients report feelings of itching or burning in their legs as a result of spider veins.

Even if spider veins do not cause discomfort, many patients wish to undergo spider vein removal to improve the appearance of their skin. When performed by a qualified vascular doctor, sclerotherapy and surface laser vein treatment can provide extremely effective spider vein relief. Sclerotherapy is one of the oldest and most reliable methods for treating varicose veins. The treatment involves injecting the targeted veins with a saline solution, which causes the vein to become irritated and collapse. Eventually, the body will absorb the collapsed vessels and the spider veins will be less visible on the skin’s surface. In addition, sclerotherapy relieves the itching and burning associated with spider veins. Surface laser treatment can provide effective results in certain cases. During treatment, the laser is directed at the targeted veins. The darker pigments in the veins attract the laser’s energy, causing the veins to break up into tiny pieces that will be absorbed by the body over time. To remove spider veins in the legs, two to five laser treatment sessions are usually required. Our doctors can help you determine which treatment will be best suited for you after examining your skin and reviewing your medical history.

If you are concerned about spider veins on your face or legs, we may be able to help. Voted as one of Arizona’s Top Doctors for many years in a row, Dr. Vranic offers the latest advancements and technologies available in vascular surgery. Located in Mesa, our practice is one of the leading vein treatment centers in the Phoenix and Scottsdale area. Please contact us today to set up an initial consultation to discuss your treatment options.