What are spider veins?
Spider veins are small red, blue, or purple blood vessels that are visible through the skin. Typically they are not painful but are noticeable on the legs or face. Spider veins usually increase in frequency and visibility with age. Hawaii Vein Center specializes in the treatment of vein disease and will provide you with a treatment plan to address your specific symptoms and achieve your desired results.
What causes spider veins?
- Occupations that require long durations of standing, such as nurses, salon workers, factory workers, teachers
- Use of birth control pills
- Hormonal effects of pregnancy, puberty, and menopause
- Postmenopausal hormonal replacement
- History of blood clots
- Certain health conditions that cause increased pressure on the abdomen, such as constipation or tumors
- Prior vein surgery
- Long exposure to UV rays
- Trauma to the skin
- Wearing sunscreen
- Maintaining a healthy weight through exercise and diet
- Wearing compression socks/stockings
- Staying mobile by avoiding sitting or standing for extended periods
- Elevating your legs to prevent blood from pooling in your lower extremities
Tiny needles are used to inject a solution directly into the vein. This solution irritates the lining of the blood vessel, causing it to collapse. Over time, the vessel turns into scar tissue that fades over time.
A small incision is made to access the vein. A cathetar delivers radiofrequency energy to the vein wall, causing it to heat, collapse and seal shut. Once the diseased vein is closed, blood circulation is diverted to other healthy veins.
Microphlebectomy is sometimes recommended to treat unsightly or painful leg veins close to the skin’s surface. With microphlebectomy, varicose veins are removed through small punctures, which leave virtually no scars.