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Spider Veins

What Are Spider Veins and What Is the Removal Procedure?

Easily visible through the skin, spider veins are small, twisted blood vessels that appear red, purple or blue in colour and typically appear on the thighs, lower legs or face. They get their name from the twisting, bent appearance similar to the shape of a spider.

While they don’t pose any immediate concerns, patients often feel self-conscious due to their unsightly appearance. Symptoms typically include tiredness, restlessness, burning, throbbing, tingling or heaviness in the legs. Over time, these symptoms can worsen and create problems such as scarring, discolouration and ulcer formation.

While pain can generally be relieved by elevating the legs or wearing support hose, it’s recommended that the condition is treated as soon as possible to prevent further complications.

What are the causes of spider veins?

Spider veins share the same causes of varicose veins. These include:

  • Heredity
  • Occupations that involve a lot of standing or sitting for prolonged periods
  • Obesity
  • Hormonal influences of pregnancy and female hormones
  • The use of birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy
  • A history of blood clots

Due to the hormonal related causes, the condition is more common in women, however men can suffer from spider veins as well.

Spider vein treatment in Melbourne

There are several lifestyle changes that can be made to help treat spider veins, however in some cases more advanced treatment is required. This generally depends on how long the patient has been experiencing the condition. For example, we find men tend to seek treatment only when the disease has progressed and complications have already set in.

At Doctor Vein, we offer spider vein removal at our Frankston clinic by using a non-invasive procedure called sclerotherapy. Located on the Mornington Peninsula and not far from Melbourne, we encourage you to visit us and have your spider veins treated safely to ensure your peace of mind. Contact us on 03 9190 8922 to make an appointment with our friendly reception team today.