If you have spider veins, you’re all too familiar with their web-like appearance located on the thighs and calves of your legs.
While the cause of spider veins isn’t completely understood, they tend to be a genetic issue. Hormones, a sedentary lifestyle, and weight gain can also play a role in these pesky leg veins. Luckily, there’s an easy and effective treatment to remove your veins for good. But sometimes that’s not the case.
If you’ve had sclerotherapy for your spider veins and noticed they returned, you’re not alone. We’ll talk all about why it happens and what you can do to make sure your spider veins don’t come back.
How Spider Vein Treatment Works
Sclerotherapy is the most common treatment for spider veins. A vein specialist injects a solution that irritates the veins. This causes them to collapse and clot. Your body will break down and reabsorb them in a few weeks and the veins should fade.
Why Do Spider Veins Come Back After Treatment?
Whether you get treatment with injection, laser ablation, or microphlebectomy, there is still a chance the veins will come back.
Genetics: Unfortunately, there’s no crystal ball way to predict if and when new spider veins will appear. Some people are just prone to getting them, (thank genetics!).
Venous Insufficiency: Another reason your spider veins reappear is due to an underlying condition called venous insufficiency. This involves a different treatment altogether.
It’s a progressive vein disease that will not go away without proper treatment. Spider veins can be a sign of this vein condition. A simple ultrasound of your legs can determine if your valves are working and address if you have that condition.
Spider Vein Maintenance
In any case, keeping ahead of developing spider veins makes the process much more manageable.
With proper and proactive management, and attacking these veins early on, treatment becomes much easier and results much better.
A consultation from a certified vein specialist can determine if you have spider veins or other conditions like venous insufficiency.
At Delaware Advanced Vein Center, our medical staff has years of experience helping people with their spider and varicose veins. We would love to welcome you to our family of satisfied patients.