Spider Veins Traverse City | Cadillac, MI
Dr. Heeringa and his team explains that spider veins are those small red, purple, and blue blood vessels that show themselves on the legs, chest, and face. They aren’t overly painful, but their unwelcome appearance, particularly on the face and legs, can make a person avoid wearing shorts or a swimsuit, and with all the water around us in Northern Michigan that’s almost a crime! Fortunately the team at Northern Michigan Vein Specialists in Traverse City and Cadillac, MI can make those unwanted, squiggly veins go away.
What are spider veins?
Spider veins are small clusters of tiny veins just below the surface of the skin, showing through on the surface as red, purple, or dark blue. They may look like fine lines, starburst clusters, or a web-like maze. They are more common in women, especially at childbearing age and older. You’ll usually find spider veins on the thighs, ankles, and calves, but they will also develop on the face.
What causes spider veins?
It’s not entirely understood why some people get spider veins while others do not. Generally, varicose veins and spider veins are caused when the valves that stop blood from reversing its flow are either weak or don’t function. In other cases, weaknesses in the vein walls may allow blood to pool rather than squeezing it through as healthy veins do.
Here are some factors that may contribute to a person developing spider veins:
- Birth control pills
- Hormone replacement therapy
- Hormone fluctuations during pregnancy, puberty, and menopause
- Sun exposure
- Tight clothing around the abdomen
- Occupations that require extended periods of standing
How do I get rid of my spider veins?
Spider veins are primarily a cosmetic concern, but they can make a woman self-conscious about her legs when in shorts or a swimsuit. At Northern Michigan Vein Specialists we use sclerotherapy to remove spider veins.
In sclerotherapy, we use a very small needle to inject a sclerosing solution, into the targeted spider vein. This sounds painful, but the needle is so tiny that patients equate the feeling to that of a mosquito bite. The sclerosing solution irritates the lining of the vein, causing it to swell and the blood within it to clot. Once the vein has closed itself off it turns into scar tissue and the body eventually absorbs it. The procedure is fast and easy, but usually, requires two to four treatments to remove the veins you want to target.
Is there anything I can do to prevent spider veins?
Since spider veins are thought to be caused mainly by a combination of genetics, hormonal changes, and sun exposure, many of the preventive measures that can help with varicose veins don’t really work with spider veins. For instance, standing for long periods of time or crossing your legs when sitting can contribute to varicose veins, and maybe spider veins. But how can they then show up on your face? The same can be said of wearing compression stockings, exercise, and wearing tight clothing. While all of those actions are helpful for varicose veins, the jury is out on their effect preventing spider veins.
Will my treatment prevent future spider veins?
While sclerotherapy will likely get rid of your current batch of spider veins, that’s not to say you will not develop new ones down the road. After all, the genetics or hormonal changes that caused them will likely still be present.
We proudly serve patients from Traverse City, Cadillac, Manistee, Big Rapids, Houghton Lake, Grayling and surrounding areas with advanced spider vein treatments. Call today for your consultation at 231-946-1488 or complete a Contact Form here!