Varicose and Spider Veins

Varicose and Spider Veins

Spider and varicose veins can be both cosmetically and medically frustrating. If you suffer from one or both of these types of veins and would like them to be evaluated or treated, we can help.

Vein Health Clinic is proud to bring varicose and spider vein treatment to patients in the Oviedo and Winter Haven areas. Our practice employees the expertise of a group of highly trained physicians to both accurately diagnose and effectively treat varicose and spider veins.

Varicose Veins

Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are larger than normal veins that are gnarled and twisted in shape. Specifically, these veins are larger than three millimeters in diameter. They are usually also significantly thicker than normal veins and bulge out of the skin. While any vein can become varicose, it most commonly occurs in leg veins. This is largely due to the pressure that standing and walking puts on the veins of the lower body. While varicose veins are sometimes only cause for aesthetic concerns, they can also be a sign of more serious circulatory problems. While it’s not entirely understood why some people develop varicose veins and others don’t, the tendency to develop them has been shown to be at least partially tied to genetics.

Spider Veins

Spider Veins

Spider veins are small dilated blood vessels that look like a red and blue webs. These veins are very similar to varicose veins, but are smaller and closer to the surface of the skin. They most often occur in areas behind the knee, but can often appear anywhere on the body. Like varicose veins, spider veins are also formed because of increased pressure in the veins. The tendency to develop spider veins is also at least partially hereditary.

How can I Treat Spider or Varicose Veins?

Our physicians can create a comprehensive treatment plan for you that varies depending on the size and extent of development of your varicose and spider veins. Our practice offers patients a wide variety of treatments to address either aesthetically unappealing or medically risky spider and varicose veins, including:

  • Microphlebectomy
  • Sclerotherapy
  • Ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy

In addition to these treatments, our physicians may recommend that you wear compression stockings, exercise regularly, elevate your leg, avoid prolonged standing, avoid heavy lifting, or lose weight to help improve the condition of your veins.

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People who have never dealt with vein issues tend to assume that varicose and vascular veins are
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