Happy Halloween, everybody. This October 31, if you’re seeing more spider (veins) on your legs than in the haunted houses you visit, it may time to seek treatment with a Houston vein specialist like Dr. Fox or Dr. Hardee!
Let’s Break Down the Problem
Spider veins can emerge at any age, but they typically develop as you get older, or when you are expecting a child. Family history plays a major role in upping your chances of getting spider veins: as many as 40 percent of spider vein patients have inherited the condition. Of course, lifestyle choices can increase your odds, too: standing or sitting for too long can put you at risk as well. Because spider veins appear when your valves become weak, allowing blood to pool in the veins until they become visible through your skin, anything that hurts your veins can be a risk factor for this condition. Heck, even wearing high heels or crossing your legs a lot could slightly elevate your risk factor!
Say Goodbye to Your Spiders
When your house has spiders that aren’t for Halloween, you call an exterminator. Well, consider interventional radiologists like us the equivalent for your veins! In our vein practice, we offer a treatment called sclerotherapy, which can help reduce the appearance of spider veins. With sclerotherapy, our doctors deliver superficial injections into your legs; the solution contained in the injections causes those pesky veins to shrink and close so that blood flow will be redirected through other, healthier veins. Once the veins are closed, they will eventually shrink and disappear from view on the skin’s surface, making them nothing more than a distant, creepy memory. Even better? Sclerotherapy can be performed fairly quickly, with no sedation or anesthesia. Most patients are able to resume normal activity immediately after the procedure, and results are immediate, although optimal results may not be evident until two months after the procedure.
So are you ready to leave the spiders to Halloween and schedule your vein consultation? Contact our office for an immediate appointment!