Why we get Varicose Veins

October 28, 2013

What are Spider Veins

Spider veins appear just under the skin, usually on the thighs, lower legs and feet, but they can appear on other parts of the body as well. They are red or blue and have the appearance of broken glass or a spider web. They affect between 50 and 55 percent of women and 40 to 45 percent of men (1).

There are two types, varicose veins and those caused by telangiectasia.

Why We Get Varicose Veins

The reason varicose veins appear on the legs is because the veins of a person’s legs have a series of valves inside them that prevent blood from flowing down as a result of gravity. These one way valves sometimes fail which results in a back flow of the blood. As the blood seeps back down the vein, it causes them to swell and expand and that is the reason they appear just beneath the skin.

Causes of Valve Failure

There are two major causes of valve failure, age and genetics. Over time the valves simply wear out, but this can be exacerbated by a genetic predisposition for valve failure.

Other Causes of Varicose Veins

In addition to the two most common causes, there are others including:

  • Hormonal changes during puberty, pregnancy and menopause
  • Pregnancy and the extra weight and strain it puts on a woman’s legs
  • Obesity because of the load the legs are forced to carry
  • Sedentary jobs because lack of movement puts pressure on the valves to work harder

Spider Veins Caused by Telangiectasia

While varicose veins appear on the legs the majority of the time, spider veins caused by telangiectasia usually appear on the hands or face. Unlike varicose veins, spider veins caused by telangiectasia are not caused by valve failure. Rather, they are a symptom of a hemorrhaged blood vessels just under the skin.

Causes of Telangiectasia

Telangiectasia can be caused by a variety of factors, but the some common causes are over exposure to the sun or freezing temperatures for long periods of time, trauma, radiation exposure and chemotherapy.

 

Contact a South Jersey Vein doctor for more information about varicose and spider veins.

Vein Treatments: What are My Options?

April 22, 2013

Vein Treatments: What are My Options?

vein treatment options in South Jersey
When faced with the health issues associated with varicose veins and spider veins, patients are often confused when it comes to vein treatment options available to them. Below you will find a detailed explanation of the most effective technologies, techniques, and procedures used to treat vein disease – all of which are available at our South Jersey Vein Center.

Spider Vein Treatments

Spider veins are typically a cosmetic problem, and are usually treated with different procedures than varicose veins.

Veinwave

Typically used on smaller spider veins in areas such as the nose or eyes, Veinwave uses a fine needle to induce thermo-coagulation within the vein itself. In the majority of cases, no bandage is required and the vein disappears instantly.

Sclerotherapy

Although rarely used to treat varicose veins, Sclerotherapy is an invaluable procedure in treating the majority of spider veins. This procedure uses a very fine needle in order to inject a saline solution into the vein itself. This causes the blood to clot and, over time, is no longer visible above the skin.

Varicose Vein Treatments

In the past 10 years, laser technologies have advanced significantly and have revolutionized the treatment of varicose veins. Rather than suffering through the pains of vein stripping, these lasers allow for a quick and almost painless procedure.

Endovenous Laser Ablation

Endovenous Laser Ablation, or EVLT, is primarily used to treat large and ropey varicose veins. This minimally invasive procedure involves the insertion of a laser fiber into the vein. The fiber is then heated up, causing the vein to collapse and disappear from view.

Ambulatory Phlebectomy

This procedure is typically reserved for the largest of varicose veins. The technique involves the surgical removal of the vein in question.

Spider Veins vs. Varicose Veins

March 20, 2013

What’s the Difference?

spider veins vs varicsoe veins

Varicose Veins are typically veins that have become engorged and ropey. Most commonly occurring within the leg area, varicose veins can be simply an aesthetic issue – or a serious medical condition. Often a result of venous reflux disease, these veins can form as a result of blood in the veins flowing in the inverse direction. If left untreated, they can lead to more serious symptoms such as venous ulcers, restless leg syndrome, and intensified leg pain.

Spider veins are, more often than not, an aesthetic problem. These are actually dilated blood vessels close to the surface of the skin. These types of vein problems are usually found on the upper thighs, the nose, and various facial areas.

How should I Treat my Veins?

Vein treatment is a complex decision that normally should be decided with the help of a vascular surgeon. Advances in technology has drastically changed the vein treatment landscape. Procedures that previously required weeks of down-time – now can be performed in under 45 minutes.

Spider Veins

There are a variety of treatments available to treat Spider Veins, all available at our South Jersey Vein Clinic.

Varicose Veins

Like Spider Veins, Varicose veins can also be treated a number of different ways. The most effective treatments include:

  • VNUS Closure (Venefit).
  • Ambulatory Phlebectomy
  • Laser Ablation
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