Don’t Invite Your Spider Veins to the New Year’s Party
- Posted on: Dec 15 2018
Most of us live in Reno and the surrounding areas because of all the outdoor fun that is so close at hand. Hiking, biking, golfing, camping, swimming up at Tahoe. It seems we’re always in shorts, a sundress, or a swimsuit. Winter is no different, with trips up to Incline Village or Alpine Meadows, just maybe not doing so in a sundress!
But this winter, you should also schedule a stop at Nevada Vein and Vascular to let us get rid of those spider veins coursing about on your legs. Our winters aren’t even relatable to those in Milwaukee or Chicago, but we’re still covering up. That makes winter a great time to have us take care of your spider veins.
What are spider veins?
Spider veins are those clusters of red, purple, or blue tiny blood vessels just beneath the surface of your skin. They form as we age and the veins that route our de-oxygenated blood back to the heart and lungs aren’t as firm as they once were. Granted, they have to fight an uphill battle with gravity the entire way, but the vein walls can become weaker, allowing blood to pool. Also, our support tissues are entrusted to help the veins push the blood, but they also lose some of their strength as we age.
The result is spider veins. They are different than varicose veins, which bulge upward through the surface skin. Varicose veins can be quite painful and they are much larger. Spider veins usually don’t involve pain, except when you look down at your legs and you see them!
What is sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a simple, minimally invasive solution for spider veins. It involves Dr. Albright or Dr. Dixon taking a very fine needle filled with a sclerosant solution (usually mostly saline). The sclerosant is injected directly into or next to the spider vein, and the solution irritates the walls of the vein. This causes it to close off. Any blood that was running through the vein is instantly redirected to a healthier adjacent vein. The spider vein is instantly lessened in appearance. Then the body goes about the business of scavenging and removing the vein over the course of the next few weeks. Eventually it will be gone.
Winter is the time
To get your legs ready for all the fun times to be had in shorts and swimsuits next spring and summer, now is a great time to have us take care of your spider veins. Contact us at Nevada Vein and Vascular, (775) 323-3000, to make your appointment.
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