Vascular Surgery Medical Group
Vascular and Endovascular Surgery & Venous Physicians located in San Leandro, CA & San Ramon, CA
If you’re unhappy with your appearance because of red or purple veins that are visible just under your skin, the medical team at Vascular Surgery Medical Group can help. At the offices in San Ramon and San Leandro, California, Michael Ingegno, MD, Varinder Phangureh, MD, Lamont Paxton, MD, Robert Gingery, MD, and Abid Mogannam, MD, offer innovative, nonsurgical solutions for treating spider veins that require no downtime. In-office treatments make it easy to erase damaged veins without harming surrounding tissue. Schedule a consultation at Vascular Surgery Medical Group today to learn more about spider vein treatments. Call one of the offices or book an appointment online.
Spider Veins Q & A
What are spider veins?
Spider veins are damaged veins that sit close to the surface of your skin, typically on your face or legs. These vein clusters often look like spiderwebs and appear blue, red, or purple in color.
In many cases, spider veins are a cosmetic issue. However, if the veins become painful or itchy, it may be the result of venous insufficiency, a condition that describes the failure of your vein to work normally.
In a healthy vein, blood flows out through your extremities to deliver oxygen and nutrients before taking the deoxygenated blood back to your heart. The valves in your veins keep blood flowing in one direction. But if damaged, the valves can allow blood to flow backward, so it pools in the vein, causing it to enlarge.
How are spider veins evaluated?
To create the right treatment plan for your spider veins, the medical team must determine their root cause.
Vascular Surgery Medical Group offers on-site vascular ultrasound testing to evaluate the blood flow through your veins. Your provider also discusses whether you feel burning or pain and visually examines the area.
How are spider veins treated?
You can seek treatment for spider veins if they’re causing you pain or other uncomfortable symptoms. The team at Vascular Surgery Medical Group also treats spider veins that affect your satisfaction with your appearance.
Treatment options for spider veins include:
The typical treatment for spider veins is sclerotherapy. This procedure involves injecting a medication into the damaged vein with a tiny needle. The medication causes the vein to collapse, and over time your body reabsorbs it. Blood re-routes to nearby healthy veins to improve your circulation.
Sclerotherapy is an in-office treatment that takes less than an hour and is virtually painless. The needle is so small, you won’t even need anesthesia.
Veinwave is an innovative, minimally invasive radiofrequency technology used to treat small spider veins on the delicate areas of the body, including your face and legs.
Treatment with Veinwave takes about 15 minutes and involves inserting a fine needle that heats the targeted spider veins. The heat destroys the veins without harming surrounding tissue, and you won’t need any recovery time after your treatment.
The medical team at Vascular Surgery Medical Group may request a follow-up visit to ensure treatment worked and that the treated veins are disappearing. They can also suggest lifestyle changes to prevent additional spider veins, such as increasing your daily exercise and wearing compression stockings to increase blood circulation.
If you’re bothered by noticeable spider veins on your legs or face, schedule a consultation by calling the Vascular Surgery Medical Group office nearest you or by requesting an appointment through the online booking system today.