In addition to the visible veins on the legs and ankles, spider and varicose veins can also occur on the face and hands. At Reger Vein and Skin Specialists, Dr. Gregg Reger and our medical team can safely and effectively clear these veins from the skin at our office in The Woodlands without any surgery or downtime, a top-rated vein and laser center.
What Causes Spider and Varicose Veins?
During the normal path of the circulatory system, the blood flows against gravity from the lower extremities back up to the heart. In men and women who have poor circulation, blood can pool in the veins during this process, causing them to stretch, protrude, and become visible underneath the surface, leading to visible spider and varicose veins. No two cases of this vascular condition are alike, and depending on where they are on the body, different treatment methods may be used.
Sclerotherapy for Spider Veins
For small, dark clusters of spider veins that appear to branch out across the skin, sclerotherapy is one of the most popular and common removal treatments. This minimally-invasive therapy involves injecting a sclerosing solution into targeted veins, causing them to permanently seal. The vein is then turned into scar tissue that is eventually removed by the body. This treatment requires no healing or downtime, but a daily walking regimen may be suggested as the body works to remove the veins.
This innovative technique targets larger varicose veins and teases them out of the skin through small slits that typically require no sutures. This is a less extensive procedure than vein stripping and does not typically disrupt normal activities. When other procedures cannot effectively target varicose veins, ambulatory phlebectomy can be an ideal solution.
Endovenous Thermal Ablation
In some cases of spider and varicose veins, endovenous thermal ablation may be the most appropriate treatment. This is a minimally-invasive procedure where a thin catheter is inserted through a small point of entry in the skin and a laser fiber is positioned into the targeted vein. Small pulses of laser or radio wave energy are emitted along the vein, causing the vein to seal shut and gradually be removed by the body.
During your consultation with Dr. Reger and our medical team, we will evaluate veins on a case by case basis and recommend the most appropriate treatments to clear visible veins from your skin as quickly and effectively as possible.
Contact Reger Vein and Skin Specialists today to schedule a consultation and find out more information about treatment options for facial and hand veins.