How to Repair Damaged Veins

Repair Damaged VeinsMany people suffer for years with damaged veins, when the answer to their problem is as simple as a consultation with a vein care specialist.  That consultation, along with a few tests could yield valuable information about your painful condition, and how to resolve it.  Often a patient waits, thinking the pain or the symptoms will abate, but they do not.  You should consider a consult with a vein care specialist when:

  • You have increased swelling in your leg(s);
  • The skin on your leg and/or ankle has become dark or thickened;
  • One of your veins has become red, painful and warm to the touch;
  • You have developed a sore or rash near your ankle;
  • Your leg veins have become more pronounced; and,
  • Your leg symptoms have begun to interfere with your daily activities,

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Dry Brushing and Other Treatments for Spider Veins

Dry skin brushingVenous disease is common to both men and women (20% of men and 40% of women get Venous disease).  Why do women suffer more than men with vein problems?  For women pregnancy and hormonal fluctuations (namely progesterone) are the biggest culprits.  Swelling of the legs, a/k/a edema is more prevalent in men, with superficial thrombophlebitis more likely to affect women.

If you’re lucky enough to have remained unscathed by any type of venous disease thus far in your life, just wait a little longer.  People in their 70s are twice as likely to have venous disease as those in their 40s.  A lifetime of activities like heavy lifting, coughing, even straining to have a bowel movement, all contribute to pressure on leg veins.  A sedentary life style, obesity and a diet high in fat are all contributing factors to venous issues, because a fatty diet and lack of exercise decrease the efficiency of blood flow through large leg veins, thus increasing the likelihood of developing varicose veins or spider veins.
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Symptoms and Treatments of Spider Veins

Spider VeinsI know my spider veins are ugly, but there really isn’t anything I can do about them. This is a sentiment shared by millions of people throughout the country who have spider veins, but the fact is that those who suffer from spider veins do have options when it comes to treating them. Spider veins are those reddish purple veins that typically are found on legs, but they can occur in other areas of the body. Also referred to as telangiectasia, spider veins are tiny dilated blood vessels that occur near the surface of the skin. It is true that, due to the pressure legs withstand, spider veins typically show up on the legs. However, spider veins can also appear on other areas of the body such as the face. They are so named because of the web-liked appearance they often take, but don’t mistake spider veins for varicose veins. Varicose veins are also web-liked, purplish veins, but these are more serious, as they occur deeper under the skin. The good news is that spider veins don’t present nearly the threat that varicose veins do, and the symptoms are few. Of course, that doesn’t mean that those who have them want to keep them around. Following is more information about spider veins and spider vein treatment in Summit.



As the heart pumps blood, it’s necessary for that blood to move properly through veins and blood vessels in order to get to all the parts of the body where it needs to go. If valves become weakened, blood can pool and become stagnant in veins. The most significant symptom of spider veins is their appearance. Spider veins don’t typically bring about a lot of symptoms other than the reddish-purple, webbed, sometimes sunburst patterns of veins that appear on the skin. They can sometimes also bring about some leg swelling or pain, but spider veins shouldn’t be confused with varicose veins. While spider veins show up near the surface of the skin, varicose veins go deeper. Varicose veins also are more rope-like and bulging than spider veins.



The best news about spider veins, other than the fact that they are often harmless and bring about no other symptoms, is that there are a number of treatments for them, including compression stockings, phlebectomy, and sclerotherapy.


Compression stockings

Compression stockings, also called compression hose or support hose, are usually the first go-to treatment for spider veins. Compression stockings sometimes are enough to get blood flowing properly in order to keep it from pooling in the legs and ankles. These stockings work by applying pressure to affected legs and ankles, as they provide the most pressure around the ankles and less pressure as they go up the leg. And it’s that pressure that helps to redirect pooling blood up the leg and back toward the heart.



A fairly minimally invasive surgical procedure, phlebectomy is effective at treating spider veins. It’s generally performed under local anesthesia, often is performed in a vein treatment center, and typically is pain-free. In this procedure, veins are marked for elimination, as local anesthesia is injected into affected areas for numbing. Then spider veins are surgically removed one section at a time through tiny incisions.



Sclerotherapy oftentimes is performed on an outpatient basis and can be performed in a vein treatment center. In this procedure, a solution, or ‘sclerosing agent,’ will be injected into spider veins in order to close them off and seal them shut. This procedure also leads to redirection of pooling blood to healthier veins. It causes affected veins to harden, fade, and disappear.

Even though spider veins typically are superficial and they’re not usually dangerous, especially when compared to their ugly cousin varicose veins, millions of folks who have them want nothing more than to get rid of them. The symptoms of spider veins are insignificant, but the unattractiveness isn’t. If you’re a spider vein sufferer who is wondering what your treatment options are, now you know a little more about spider vein treatment. For more information, contact a vein center to schedule a consultation and have all your questions about spider vein treatment answered.

Types of Varicose Veins

Types of Varicose VeinsWhen most people hear the term varicose veins, they automatically think that it means because you have varicose veins that they are only present in your legs.  However, you might be surprised to know that varicose veins are present in other parts of your body as well.  There are a few different types of varicose veins and many different options to get rid of each one of these types depending on the vein itself, type of varicose vein, the colors, sizes, etc.  Below, we will be talking about all types as well as treatment for each one available.  Continue reading

Common Questions About Spider Veins

About Spider VeinsWhen it comes to spider veins, a lot of people actually think they are the same exact thing as varicose veins, but that’s not actually the truth.  Varicose veins tend to be worse – they are the ones that are reddish green, sometimes blue in color, and they tend to bulge more than spider veins.  But, that doesn’t mean that people with spider veins are any less embarrassed by this condition.  Spider veins can still be a worrisome situation to go through, even though these little vessels are smaller in size, and usually not as bold in color as varicose veins, they can still cause issues.  If you have some questions about spider veins, please continue to read the blog below, for more information about this condition such as Spider vein treatment in New Jersey, side effects of Sclerotherapy, different alternative options besides Sclerotherapy, and more.


Are Spider Veins Purely Cosmetic?

Spider veins, which are also more commonly known as telangiectasia are not always as cosmetic as people seem to think.  Sometimes they are the sign of something more serious going on inside the veins such as venous reflex disease.  Most of the smaller varicose veins, called spider veins, have a sunburst or spider web look to them.  However, if the patient is having any pain, soreness, itching, etc. it may be a sign of venous reflex disease.  If this is the case, then the patient will need treatment, not only for the spider veins themselves, but for the disease.  One of the most common forms of Spider vein treatment is called Sclerotherapy.  This is a treatment in which topical lasers are used on the skin to help essentially destroy the spider veins.


Spider Vein Treatment

One of the more common treatments, is the one we spoke about briefly above; Sclerotherapy.  This usually works for 90% of the people that get it.  However, if you can’t afford Sclerotherapy or its not working for you, there ARE a few other options available to you, all of these treatments are bound to have different amount of treatments needed – this depends on the veins themselves, as well as the person.  Each treatment will also most likely experience a few side effects, some worse than others.  Let’s first go over the Sclerotherapy treatment though:



On average, people that get Sclerotherapy treatments, are usually going to have to get 3-4 treatments, but in some rare cases it only takes 1 treatment and in some really rare cases it takes up to 6 treatments altogether.  Common side effects for Sclerotherapy include itching, pain which is temporary and tends to only last 1-7 days, sloughing which only occurs in 3% of patients, and in rare cases an allergic reaction may be present.


Laser Surgery

This is a lot like Sclerotherapy because it uses lasers to get rid of the veins.  In this case, however, instead of destroying the veins altogether like with Sclerotherapy, this simply makes the color and shape of the vein smaller and changes the color from brighter to less bright.  No needles are used in this treatment either.



This is somewhat similar to the above two, but in this case, needles are present.  A Small amount of a chemical compound which is liquefied is inserted into the veins with a very slim needle.  Essentially the chemical inside the vein creates a scar on the inner lining of the veins and it closes it off.


Endovenous Ablation Therapy

This Spider vein treatment uses lasers, incisions and needles, it’s somewhat a tough treatment to go through, but you will be numbed around the area of the veins.  The doctor will take a laser and close off the area of the vein using heat.  Then, he or she will make a small cut near the vein and insert a catheter tube into the vein itself.  The device will heat up and close off the veins.

If you want to try and keep spider veins at bay, it’s a good idea to:

– Try not to stand on your feet too long, without sitting down every few minutes.

– When sleeping, try to keep your legs and feet at a raised position – above your heart when possible.

– If you are obese, try to lose some of the weight you have put on.  Losing weight will improve the blood flow and won’t put so much pressure on your legs.

– Try not to wear high heels or tight clothes as much as usual.  Tight clothes, tight boots and high heels can create spider veins or if you already have them, it can make them even worse than they already are.

Common Questions About Varicose Veins

About Varicose VeinsCosmetic issues always seem to be an issue in our social environment these days.  You have to look a certain way, dress a certain way, weigh a certain weight, etc.  But, what about people that just can’t help it or they have things about themselves such as varicose veins that they are embarrassed by or ashamed of?  Honestly varicose veins are nothing to joke about nor are they just cosmetic.  In fact, these little veins that can sometimes look like they are bulging out of a person’s leg and are blue or green in color, can become quite serious if they are not looked at by a professional.  These veins are beneath the skin, but they tend to jut outwards looking like a tangled pile of twisted cords.  These do tend to appear on the legs and nowhere else.  Continue reading