Do you need to consult a spider vein doctor in Chicago?
A leading vascular surgeon teaches you all about spider veins – and tells you when you need to consult a spider vein doctor in Chicago.
Spider veins. Tiny, purplish or bluish blemishes. Sure, they make your legs look ugly. But is there more to them? Read on to find out!
Before you look for a spider vein doctor in Chicago: What exactly are spider veins?
Spider veins are, literally, damaged blood vessels that lie just beneath the surface of your skin. They appear as red, blue or purple streaks, which appear to interlace together, giving the appearance of a spider’s web. They typically appear on the legs, but can sometimes also be visible on your face. One in every two Americans suffers from spider veins, and needs to seek treatment from a vein doctor. Usually these veins are just a cosmetic problem – they are not associated with pain or any other symptoms. Sometimes, though, the skin over the spider veins may itch, burn, or feel dry.
In the face, spider veins can form because the small blood vessels get damaged and burst. This can occur due to sun exposure, or increased pressure in the face.
Spider veins of the legs – and a related condition called varicose veins mostly stem from an underlying vein condition called chronic venous insufficiency. This is a disease that actually affects the larger superficial veins of the legs, called the saphenous veins. The saphenous veins carry blood back to the heart against gravity, and they have special doors called valves, that prevent blood from falling back down into the legs. In CVS, these valves malfunction, and blood trickles down into the legs and pools there. Under pressure, the excess blood forces its way from the main veins into smaller veins, giving them a swollen, damaged appearance that is characteristic of spider veins.
While spider veins by themselves aren’t dangerous, untreated CVS can be. So, if you have spider veins on your legs – particularly on the inside of your ankle, you will need to get screened for CVS. If you have CVS, you may also have symptoms that you may not have attributed to vein disease. These include throbbing pain in your legs, swollen ankles, and heavy, aching feet. Be sure to let your vein doctor know if you have any of these symptoms, at your initial consultation.
How will the spider vein doctor in Chicago treat my spider veins?
The best and most effective treatment for spider veins, as any vein doctor will tell you, is sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive treatment procedure for spider veins. In this procedure, a small volume of medicated solution called sclerosant is directly injected into your spider veins. The sclerosant makes the vein walls stick together, effectively sealing off the vein from blood. Over time, the sealed off vein shrivels, and eventually disappears from view in a month’s time. A single sclerotherapy session can give you permanent results.
Sclerotherapy uses really, really tiny needles, which are designed to fit yhe tiny size of the spider veins. So, the procedure is almost painless!
For spider veins of the face, sclerotherapy may not be the best solution – especially if the spider veins are located too close to the eye or brain. For these veins, your vein doctor may prefer to use laser light therapy. This is non-invasive, and just involves shining laser light on to the skin over the spider veins. Laser energy penetrates through the skin and causes the veins to shrink. A single laser session may not be enough, though – you will probably need at least three to four sessions to get the same results as a single round of sclerotherapy.
Will I need other forms of treatment for my spider veins?
If you have CVS, just sealing off your spider veins may not be enough. The excess blood from the main veins will cause new spider veins to form. You will need to get the larger defective veins (the saphenous veins) sealed as well. Sclerotherapy cannot seal off larger veins, because the solution cannot spread over a wide area. Instead, your vein doctor will offer one of the following minimally invasive treatment procedures:
- Radiofrequency ablation: The vein is sealed from within using heat
- Endovenous laser ablation: The vein is sealed from within using laser energy
- VenaSeal: Medicated glue is used to block up the vein
- ClariVein: Sclerosant is dispersed throughout the vein using a rotating catheter
- Varithena: Uses a foam based sclerosant, for smaller veins.
The good news is, while sclerotherapy, by itself, may not be covered by insurance plans, getting CVS treated with sclerotherapy may just fit in. So be sure to check with your insurance provider before getting any vein treatment done!
The Vein Treatment clinic: One of the leading vein centers for spider vein treatment in Chicago
The Vein Treatment Clinic, which is reputed for offering state of the art care for varicose and spider veins, now has a premier clinic in Chicago! Dr. Caroline Novak, who trained at Northwestern University (the best medical school in Chicago area), and her team of vein doctors are among the leading vein doctors in the state. At VTC, you will receive the best available treatment that is tailored to match your medical history and meet your current needs.
To consult with our spider vein doctors in Chicago, book an appointment online, or call 855-366-2384.
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Scheduling a consultation with one of our vein treatment experts is one of the best ways to determine the proper resolution for your varicose veins. The treatments can include sclerotherapy, laser or radiofrequency ablation, a medication called Varithena, or procedures such as Venaseal, or Clarivein.
Dr. Michael Nguyen
VENOUS SPECIALIST | Harvard Medical School
Dr. Michael Nguyen is a world renowned and Harvard trained vein specialist in Manhattan. He leads the team of vein doctors offering the highest level of care at the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Center in New York & New Jersey.
As a pioneer in the treatment of varicose veins problems, Dr. Nguyen is considered a top vein expert for developing minimally invasive and customized treatment plans for the many symptoms of venous insufficiency, including leg cramps, skin discoloration on legs, spider vein removal, and restless leg syndrome.