Spider & Thread Veins (Telangiectasia)
Spider veins and thread veins are the small, unsightly, superficial veins usually found in clusters on the legs. They are a common complaint with around 50% of the adult population suffering from these veins in the UK.
While they are most common on the thighs, calves, and ankles, they also appear on the face, especially surrounding the nose. This is a complaint that is more common with older age, which may sign that spider veins are in fact veins that are faulty in some way.
Although spider veins are not aesthetically pleasing, they are not dangerous. However, if not treated they will eventually spread or worsen over time and display symptoms including itching, discomfort or aching. Therefore, treatment is often a great idea for those who find their appearance unacceptable.
If you are genetically disposed to this condition, there is not much that can be done to prevent them. If you wish to avoid them, regular exercise and a healthy diet is recommended. To diminish the effects, you can try wearing tight or elastic clothing on the legs or portions of body that suffer.
Here at the Cooden Medical Group we suggest the following treatment:
Microsclerotherapy is the relatively straightforward procedure technique we successfully use to treat spider or thread veins of the legs or body. The treatment involves injecting a liquid into the veins which destroys them and causes them to disappear over time.
It is important to note that before any Microsclerotherapy is undertaken, it is essential to have a venous duplex ultrasound scan. This scan will confirm whether there are any hidden, underlying varicose veins which are feeding blood into the thread veins and keeping them open. *Failure to treat the underlying cause of the thread veins results in unsuccessful outcomes for the majority of people.