Spider Veins On Your Legs
Are An Indication of Venous Disease Deep In The Legs
Spider veins are not only a cosmetic issue, but they can indicate a deeper vascular disease in the legs known as venous insufficiency.
Left untreated, venous insufficiency only gets worse with time, leading to more spider veins and the development of varicose veins on your legs.
Other symptoms can develop, such as leg swelling, leg heaviness and leg cramps that impact your quality of life. Dangerous blood clots can eventually form inside diseased veins, putting you at risk of a potentially deadly pulmonary embolism.
If you’ve started to notice spider veins on your legs, it is recommended to have them checked by a vascular specialist as soon as possible.
What Are Spider Veins?
Spider veins are the tiny purple, blue or red veins that we see on the legs.
They usually appear in clusters around the ankles and lower legs, but can also develop near the knees and upper legs.
These tiny veins can become itchy and cause tingling.
Board Certified Vascular Surgeon Dr. Esposito Explains Spider Veins
“Most people look at spider veins and consider them to be cosmetic in nature. Many times they can be, but they can also be a sign of more serious problems underneath the skin.
So, I always tell people who notice varicose veins or spider veins on their legs to just have them checked by a vascular specialist.
With a simple ultrasound we can tell if there’s something more serious going on underneath, where there’s a problem that’s causing these veins to pop out.”
~ Dr. David Esposito
Board Certified Vascular Surgeon
“If there is an underlying problem, we’ll treat that. It’s very easy to treat. We fix the problem. Sometimes, just by fixing that problem, the veins that you see on the skin may go away. You might not need any more treatment. But if they’re there, then we can treat them.
Here at Milford Vascular Institute, we have experts in sclerotherapy, which is where we put small needles into those veins. We inject them individually with medication that makes them disappear. They’re all done in the office in a minimally-invasive way.
And most of the time insurance pays for them too because you’re getting a vascular evaluation, and treating an underlying medical problem.
So, if you have spider veins on your legs, your first step should be come to the Milford Vascular Institute. Let us check it out. We’ll tell you what you need to have done. And whatever you need to have done, we can get it all done here in one place.”
~ Dr. David Esposito
Board Certified Vascular Surgeon
What Causes Spider Veins?
Most often, when people see spider veins at the surface of the skin on their legs, it is due to leaky vein valves in the deeper veins. Vein valves are supposed to open and close as blood circulates through the body, pushing blood upwards from the feet towards the heart.
When these valves malfunction, they allow blood to flow downwards and pool in the lower leg. This causes additional pressure within the veins, making the veins expand and bulge.
SPIDER VEINS FORM DUE TO LEAKY VEIN VALVES DEEPER IN THE LEG
These bulging (varicose) veins below the surface of the skin eventually start to create smaller red and purple veins near the surface of the skin, known as spider veins.
The bulging veins deep below the surface of the skin feed spider veins. So it is important to treat those deeper veins first, before trying to remove the spider veins at the surface of the skin, otherwise the spider veins will simply be created again.
Are Spider Veins Painful?
Some people who have spider veins feel no symptoms whatsoever, apart from the aesthetic aspect of having them.
However, since they are usually due to an underlying vascular problem, it is common to have the following symptoms associated with your spider veins:
If you have been suffering from these symptoms, the vascular specialists here at Milford Vascular Institute can help put an end to your symptoms quickly and safely.
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Are Spider Veins Dangerous?
SPIDER VEINS INDICATE A DANGEROUS DEEPER VASCULAR ISSUE
Spider veins can be considered a warning sign that something more serious is happening deep in the leg veins.
With damaged veins deep in your legs, you may be at risk of developing a blood clot within those deep veins.
Blood clots can form without any indication, travel to the lungs and cause a potentially deadly pulmonary embolism.
That is why spider veins on the legs should not be ignored. Having a vein evaluation by experienced vascular specialists would be highly recommended.
Safe & Quick Spider Vein Removal At Milford Vascluar Institute
Here at Milford Vascular Institute, our top-rated vascular specialists serving New Haven, Bridgeport, Stamford and all of Southern Connecticut, use the safest and most advanced spider vein removal techniques available anywhere in the world to treat your unsightly veins and the underlying venous insufficiency that is causing them.
BOARD CERTIFIED PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT KARIN AUGUR REMOVING SPIDER VEINS
We remove spider veins using visual sclerotherapy and foam sclerotherapy.
Foam sclerotherapy is used to target the enlarged veins that are below the surface of the skin. These troublesome veins are the ones that feed and create the small spidery veins you see on the skin’s surface. It is important to treat these deeper veins first to prevent the progression of spider veins on your legs.
Once the deeper veins are treated, visual sclerotherapy is performed. During visual sclerotherapy each individual spider vein on the skin’s surface is injected with a medication that causes it to close, and make the veins disappear.
Spider Vein Removal Patient Testimonials
When you choose Milford Vascular Institute for vein treatment you can rest assured that you are getting the very best possible vascular care available in all of New Haven County. Our vein specialists are highly skilled in providing the most advanced, minimally-invasive vein treatments available anywhere.
At MVI, vein treatments are provided under the direction of board certified vascular surgeon Dr. David Esposito and Dr. Paul Davis, who is board certified in diagnostic radiology, and vascular and interventional radiology.
Dr. Esposito and Dr. Davis are top-rated experts in vein treatments. They are always at the forefront of technology in the vascular surgery field to ensure they are providing the best, cutting-edge vein treatments to their community.
Board certified Physician Assistant, Karin Augur, and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, Erin Orozco and Sylvia Prassinos specialize in spider vein removal, helping to restore healthy blood flow through your legs so they can look and feel their best.
With over 70 years of combined experience in diagnosing, preventing and treating vascular diseases, our outstanding group of highly trained and skilled providers have dedicated their lives to caring for you.
With over 20 years in practice, at Milford Vascular Institute, our staff is committed to excellent patient care, always treating our patients with respect and compassion because WE CARE.
Our MVI Team ~ Always Treating You Like Family
If you’ve started to notice spider veins developing on your legs, it is important to have an evaluation with a vascular specialist, because spider veins are an indication of a deeper vascular problem called venous insufficiency.
Through a simple in-office ultrasound, we can determine if your spider veins are due to venous insufficiency. If they are, we can treat you accordingly, using the most advanced vein treatment methods available anywhere.
Treatments are performed right in our offices using minimally-invasive techniques so you can enjoy no downtime and quick recovery.
To schedule a vein consultation with one of our top-rated vascular specialists here at Milford Vascular Institute, give us a call today at (203) 418-7386. It will be our pleasure to care for you.