The Complete Guide to Varicose Veins and Spider Veins

June 20, 2019
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Varicose Veins and Spider Veins

It’s a myth that varicose veins and spider veins are an inevitable part of the aging process. While they are more common in people over the age of 50, they are not in the same category as crows’ feet and laugh lines. Don’t assume you must simply accept and learn to live with abnormal veins. In fact, for the sake of your health, they shouldn’t be ignored. Varicose and spider veins may be a symptom of serious vein disease.

Fortunately, today’s treatments are fast, effective, and virtually painless. A specialized vein doctor in New York or vein doctor in New Jersey can offer you an accurate diagnosis and state-of-the-art treatments on-site.

What Causes Varicose Veins and Spider Veins?

Your circulatory system is always at work, transporting blood throughout your body. Your heart pumps blood to the lungs, where it picks up oxygen. Then, arteries carry the oxygenated blood to your cells. Finally, veins move the deoxygenated blood back to your heart, where the cycle begins again.

The most difficult part of this process is moving blood from the lower half of your body to the heart, because your veins are fighting the forces of gravity. The vessels rely on a series of one-way valves that open to let blood through as it travels to the heart, then close to prevent backflow. When these valves are diseased or damaged, a number of issues occur.

Ineffective valves permit blood to leak backwards, and it starts to pool in your lower half. Pressure builds in your veins, damaging other valves and the vein walls. This condition is called Chronic Venous Insufficiency or CVI.

Varicose veins and spider veins develop as the diseased blood vessels become thick, swollen, and twisted. Varicose veins eventually bulge against the skin, while spider veins appear just beneath the surface. You will notice small red, blue, or purple lines that resemble a spider’s web or a net. While varicose and spider veins are often completely painless at first, other symptoms may develop over time.

What are the Symptoms of Chronic Venous Insufficiency?

Varicose veins and spider veins may be among the earliest CVI symptoms, but unfortunately, more issues usually follow. Many patients report swelling in their legs and ankles and a feeling of tightness in their calves. Legs may feel heavy or weak, and it is common to feel achiness or a throbbing pain. Typically, the pain is worse when you stand, and you might notice that it gets a bit better when you sit down with your feet up. Some individuals develop restless leg syndrome, which is marked by feeling a constant need to move or stretch your legs.

One of the most challenging symptoms of CVI is sudden, severe leg cramps. They can be extremely painful, and even though the pain recedes in a few seconds, many people have increased sensitivity in the area for another day or so. These cramps often occur at night, interrupting sleep, which adds to the overall impact on your daily activities.

As veins swell and put pressure on the skin, many patients notice itchiness and flaking. When the disease goes unaddressed, skin starts to thicken and take on a reddish-brown tone. This discoloration is most common in the area around your ankles. The condition is called Venous Stasis Dermatitis, and it can be dangerous if left untreated.

Skin affected by Venous Stasis Dermatitis is extremely fragile. When cuts and tears occur, they are slow to heal. Infection is a significant concern, because minor cuts and abrasions can rapidly turn into major sores that are difficult to treat. Also known as Venous Stasis Ulcers, these sores dramatically affect your ability to enjoy normal everyday activities.

What are the Risk Factors for Varicose Veins and Spider Veins?

Conditions affecting the veins, including varicose and spider veins, are more common as you get older. However, it is possible to develop spider veins and varicose veins at any age. Women are at higher risk during pregnancy and menopause, and anyone with a family history of vein disease has a greater chance of being impacted.

Other health problems can contribute to issues with your veins, including cancer, blood clots, and injury or trauma to the leg. Lifestyle factors that increase your risk of vein disease include smoking, long periods of sitting or standing without a break, and being overweight. It is important to let your vein doctor know if any of these apply to you, as this information is helpful in accurately diagnosing CVI and choosing the most appropriate treatment.

How Are Varicose Veins and Spider Veins Treated?  

For many years, the only treatment option for large varicose veins was an invasive surgery known as “vein stripping”. Fortunately, there have been significant advances in this area of medicine, and today’s treatment methods are simpler and more effective. Using a variety of minimally invasive techniques, vein specialists are able to close diseased veins. Blood is automatically rerouted through healthier veins, so you can enjoy significant reduction or complete elimination of symptoms.

These are seven of the most popular vein disease treatments:

  • Sclerotherapy – unhealthy veins are closed with an injection of medication called Sclerosant
  • Vаrіthеnа – medical foam is injected into diseased veins so that they close quickly and safely
  • Radiofrequency Ablаtіоn (RFA) – diseased veins are closed through the use of thermal (heat) energy
  • Endоvеnоuѕ Laser Ablаtіоn (EVLT) – varicose veins are addressed through a targeted laser treatment
  • VenaSeal – also known as vein glue, this procedure permanently seals unhealthy veins
  • Clarivein – an alternative method of transferring medication into unhealthy veins to seal them off
  • Ambulatory Phlebectomy – a “mini” surgical procedure to extract varicose veins

Today’s vein treatment clinics perform these procedures on-site. They take just 15 – 45 minutes per session, and patients experience little or no downtime. Your vein doctor in NY or vein doctor in NJ will work with you to determine which method is best for your unique situation.

What Is a Vein Doctor Called?

The improvements in vein treatment options mean you are no longer limited to vein surgeons for your care. Skilled vein specialists have the experience and expertise necessary to provide you with an accurate diagnosis and a comprehensive treatment program.

The technical term for vein doctor is phlebologist. This title refers to physicians who specialize in diseases of the veins, though they may have started their careers in other areas of medicine. The best vein doctors have substantial ultrasound experience, as well as specialized experience with vein disease. Choose a vein specialist that has board certification to ensure the highest quality of care.

During your first appointment with a vein doctor, you should expect a thorough review of your family medical history and your own medical history. Your vein specialist will perform an exam and may request testing to confirm the diagnosis. Once all of the information has been collected, you and your physician will work together to determine how best to treat your varicose and spider veins, as well as any underlying vein disease.

The earlier you seek treatment for your symptoms, the better your chances of avoiding serious complications. Visit the Vein Treatment Clinic online or call to book your consultation today.

Meet our certified diplomate team

Dr. Namrata Khimani

Venous specialist | TRIPLE CERTIFIED

Dr. Khimani is a nationally recognized leader in the field of venous medicine. She is an expert in Spider Vein and Varicose Vein Treatment based in New York City. While Dr. Khimani treats a variety of patients experiencing varicose vein problems, she also sub-specializes in the treatment of vein disease in women, including those with pregnancy and post-pregnancy related spider and varicose veins.

If you have varicose veins and spider veins, suffer from leg cramps, leg swelling, or restless leg syndrome, come see Dr. Khimani at our Vein Treatment Center NYC. Most procedures are covered by major medical insurances, including Medicare. Call us and get verified today.

Meet our diplomat-certified team

Dr. Michael Nguyen

VENOUS SPECIALIST | TRIPLE CERTIFIED
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.

Meet our diplomat-certified team

Dr. Caroline Novak

Venous Specialist | Double Certified
Dr. Caroline Novak is a double Board Certified vein specialist in Paramus and Clifton, NJ. Dr. Novak is well known for continuously performing the best treatment for spider veins and varicose vein removal in the New Jersey area. She is committed to developing long lasting relationships with her patients, allowing her to personalize a varicose and spider veins treatment plan that successfully meets her patients' goals.

At her Clifton and Paramus vein clinic, Dr. Novak utilizes the latest and most advanced technology to restore patients back to health without unnecessary surgery, and with minimal to no downtime.

Meet our diplomat-certified team

Dr. Simon Smith

VENOUS SPECIALIST | DIPLOMAT-CERTIFIED
Dr. Simon Smith is a Board Certified Cardiovascular and Vein Disease Specialist currently serving patients at the Vein Treatment Clinic in Clifton and Wayne, New Jersey.

Dr. Smith is sought after because of his unparalleled skills in RF Ablation, sclerotherapy, and the treatment of skin discoloration on legs. By utilizing advanced vein treatment techniques, Dr. Simon is able to customize a plan specific to each patient, helping them avoid complicated surgeries and unnecessary downtime. With Dr. Simon minimally invasive procedures, patients are able to return to normal activities right after.

Meet our diplomat-certified team

Dr. Faisal Siddiqi

VENOUS SPECIALIST | DOUBLE CERTIFIED
Dr. Faisal Siddiqi oversees all Vein Treatment Centers in New Jersey – ensuring that each patient receives the highest level of care possible for their vein disease. Having received training from Yale Medical School, Dr. Siddiqi proudly offers the latest technology available for spider and varicose vein treatments at his office in Wayne, NJ and Clifton, NJ.

Dr. Siddiqi's work with minimally invasive techniques was recognized by his peers in Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors for 2017 and he was also voted as one of the Top Vein Doctors in New Jersey.

Meet our diplomat-certified team

Dr. Juan Montoya

VASCULAR SPECIALIST | NYC VEIN SPECIALIST
Dr. Montoya is a Vein Specialist and Vascular doctor in New York. He is highly sought after for his expertise and excellent outcomes in cardiac surgery, and is now proud to serve the Vein Clinics in Manhattan, NY.

Dr. Montoya performs the latest minimally-invasive vein treatments to treat Chronic Venous Insufficiency; a condition that leads to spider veins and varicose veins, along with symptoms such as leg cramping, pain, and fatigue.

Meet our diplomat-certified team

Dr. Carly Guthrie

VENOUS SPECIALIST | DOUBLE CERTIFIED
Dr. Carly Guthrie is the co-director of the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Clinic in San Diego. Dr. Guthrie is a double Board-Certified vein specialist, and is regarded as one of the top interventional ultrasonographers in the country. In her years of training and on staff at Harvard, she worked with the top venous specialists in the world, attending some of the most complex cases. Her areas of expertise include radiofrequency ablation using ultrasound guidance, sclerotherapy, phlebectomy, and the newly approved VenaSeal technique for treatment of venous insufficiency and varicose veins.

Dr. Guthrie is focused on bringing the newest and most-advanced treatments to Southern California in order to decrease recovery times and improve patient satisfaction.

Meet our diplomat-certified team

Dr. Billy Schoenfeld

VENOUS SPECIALIST | DOUBLE CERTIFIED
Dr. Schoenfeld has advanced training in ultrasound and venous access, having treated thousands of patients in his career. He is a specialist in the treatment of venous insufficiency and varicose veins, including ultrasound guided radiofrequency ablation, sclerotherapy, and phlebectomy.

Dr. Schoenfeld is focused on introducing new therapies to San Diego, such as the recently FDA-approved VenaSeal procedure for treatment of varicose veins. During his training at Harvard he worked with the best doctors in venous medicine and is now devoted to bringing those state-of-the-art technologies and treatments to Southern California.

Meet our diplomat-certified team

Dr. Calvin Jung

VEIN SPECIALIST | DOUBLE CERTIFIED
Dr. Calvin Jung is a double Board Certified Venous Specialist, serving as director and clinical trainer for
the Vein Treatment Centers in Houston, Texas. Dr. Jung specializes in minimally invasive techniques for spider veins and varicose vein removal, completely avoiding the need for surgical procedures or any unnecessary downtime. Dr. Jung's focus is on restoring patients back to health so that they can enjoy the activities they love most.

Vein treatments at our Texas spider vein clinic are often covered by major medical insurances, including Medicare. Call us today to verify yours!

Namrata
Khimani MD

Triple Certified
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Namrata Khimani is a nationally recognized leader in the field of venous medicine. She is an expert in Spider Vein and Varicose Vein Treatment based in New York City. If you have varicose veins or lower extremity pain, come see Dr. Khimani at our Vein Treatment Center New York.
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Michael
Nguyen MD

Triple Certified
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Michael Nguyen is a world renowned and Harvard trained vein specialist, leading the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Center in New York. Dr. Nguyen has been a pioneer in the treatment of varicose veins problems, as well as the many signs of venous insufficiency, including: leg cramps, painful varicose veins, leg swelling, restless leg, and skin discoloration on legs.
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Caroline
Novak MD

Double Certified
Northwestern University
Dr. Caroline Novak is a double Certified spider vein specialist in Paramus & Clifton NJ. She is well known for performing the best treatment for spider veins and varicose vein removal in the New Jersey area.
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Simon
Smith MD

DIPLOMAT- CERTIFIED
DREXEL COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
Dr. Simon Smith is the best varicose vein doctor in Wayne, NJ. He is sought after because of his unparalleled skills in RF Ablation, sclerotherapy, and the treatment of skin discoloration on legs.
Read more >>

Faisal
Siddiqi MD

DOUBLE CERTIFIED
YALE MEDICAL SCHOOL
Dr. Faisal Siddiqi is the medical director for the Spider & Varicose Vein Treatment Center in New Jersey. Because of his level of expertise in the treatment of spider veins and varicose veins, Dr. Siddiqi is part of the select group of NJ Top Doctors, and he sees patients regularly at the Vein Treatment Center in Wayne and Clifton NJ.
Read more >>

Juan
Montoya MD

NYC VEIN SPECIALIST
YALE MEDICAL SCHOOL
Dr. Montoya is a Vein Specialist and Vascular doctor in Manhattan. He is considered one of the best spider vein doctors in Manhattan, having successfully restored thousands of patients back to health, by implementing cutting edge treatments such as radiofrequency ablation, VenaSeal, and sclerotherapy for spider veins.
Read more >>

Carly
Guthrie MD

Double Certified
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Guthrie is the co-director of the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Clinic in San Diego. She is recognized as one of the best varicose vein doctors in SD, and has developed a career specializing in minimally invasive varicose vein treatment options.
Read more >>

Billy
Schoenfeld MD

Double Certified
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Schoenfeld is a specialist in the treatment of venous insufficiency and varicose veins, including ultrasound guided radiofrequency ablation, sclerotherapy, and phlebectomy for spider vein removal. He also has advanced training in ultrasound and venous access, having treated thousands of patients at the Vein Treatment Center in San Diego, CA.
Read more >>

Calvin
Jung MD

DOUBE CERTIFIED
NYU MEDICAL SCHOOL
Dr Calvin Jung is the director and clinical trainer for the Vein Clinics of Houston, Texas. Dr. Jung specializes in minimally invasive treatments for spider vein and varicose vein removal. Most vein treatments are covered by major medical insurances, including Medicare.
Read more >>
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