Spider Veins

Alabama Vein & Restoration Medspa

Hormone Therapy, Vein Treatment, and Aesthetics located in Vestavia Hills, Prattville, Tuscaloosa, Oxford, and Cullman, AL

At best, spider veins can be unsightly and embarrassing. At worst, they may be uncomfortable and irritating. Dr. Charles Hunt, II of Alabama Vein & Restoration Medspa in Vestavia Hills, Alabama, specializes in the noninvasive treatment of this common venous disorder. To improve the appearance of your spider veins, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Spider Veins Q & A

What are spider veins?

Spider veins are clusters of small red or blue veins that appear just under the surface of the skin. These visible veins look like delicate spider webs and are usually seen on the legs or face.

Spider veins develop due to increased pressure on blood vessels, which hinders the valves in the blood vessel from working properly. This causes insufficient flow of blood, and the vessel becomes engorged and dilated so that it’s visible under the surface of the skin.

Typically, spider veins aren’t painful, but you could have symptoms such as itching, burning, or stinging. Spider veins are usually more of a cosmetic concern than a health issue, and can usually be treated noninvasively.

What causes spider veins?

Conditions or habits that place increased pressure on the veins cause the appearance of spider veins. These factors may include:

  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Wearing high heels
  • Wearing nonsupportive shoes
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Standing for long periods
  • Increased age
  • Heredity

Being older or having a family history of spider veins or varicose veins can also place you at higher risk for this venous disorder.

What treatments are available for spider veins?

Dr. Hunt and the team may suggest a few possible options for the treatment of your spider veins. These options may include:

Lifestyle changes

Making changes like losing weight, taking part in healthy activity, wearing supportive footwear, and standing less can often improve the appearance of spider veins.

Compression therapy

Wearing compression stockings helps to improve blood flow and decrease the pressure on the individual veins, which can help diminish spider veins.

Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is the gold standard for spider vein treatment. Dr. Hunt injects a specialized solution directly into the vein to clot, scar, and collapse the vein. This allows the blood flow to naturally reroute to healthier veins.

Veinwave™

Veinwave is a revolutionary therapy that utilizes therapeutic levels of heat to clot and collapse small spider veins. It works especially well for spider veins on the face.

Dr. Hunt may prescribe a combination of these methods to effectively treat spider veins and prevent them from returning.

For resolution of your spider veins, call the office or book an appointment online today.