Spider Veins (also known as telangiectasias) are a confluence of dilated blood vessels within the skin that are smaller than 1 millimeter in diameter. Compared to a varicose vein, a spider vein is much smaller and tends to appear nearer to the skin’s surface. Telangiectasias (spider veins) can show up almost any place on the body, but are most commonly found on legs within various parts of the thigh, calf and ankles.
Spider veins develop when weakened valves diminish the vein’s ability to perform its essential function of regulating blood flow to the heart. When this happens, swelling and bulging can occur, causing the veins to pool up with blood. In the case of spider veins, their appearance resembles that of a spider web or tree branch, with broken up capillaries producing short and jagged lines.
Spider Veins – Causes
Among the general population, around 15% of males and 25% of females end up with telangiectasias. However, people living in Jacksonville and other parts of Florida are at a higher risk of ending up with this condition, particularly because they tend to fit into one or more of the at risk demographics. Common causes of spider veins include:
- Various occupations where a person spends a lot of time standing or sitting, putting undue pressure on the lower parts of the body
- Family medical history of certain vein-related conditions like blood clotting
- Hormonal changes in women resulting from puberty, pregnancy & menopause
- Traumatic skin injuries or a previous venous surgery gone bad
- Overexposure of the skin to sunlight
As Jacksonville has an older population, and is in a southern location where sunlight tends to be strong for most of the year, residents of this area need to be aware of the increased risk of developing a venous insufficiency problem like telangiectasias.
Spider Vein Treatment Cost
At St. Johns Vein Center Jacksonville, we offer residents of north-central Florida the most cutting-edge treatments for spider veins and varicose veins in a safe and highly effective manner. Some people who are concerned about the cost that may be involved with spider vein treatment are surprised at how inexpensive it can be. Contact us today for a Free Consultation about treating your spider veins. After St. Johns Vein Center has determined the treatment you will need, we will be ready to confidentially discuss your specific financial needs. You can also read more about our finance policy here.
All of our treatments are administered by the doctor right inside our clinic. While the specific treatment plan recommended will depend on each individual case, sclerotherapy has been highly successful for the elimination of spider veins / telangiectasias. If the cause of the telangiectasias was feeder veins, we will usually need to perform sclerotherapy on the “feeders” first. Once successful, we will eliminate the spider veins with sclerotherapy injections.
If you or someone you know is experiencing one or more spider veins symptoms and you are in the Jacksonville area, please Contact our St. Johns Vein Center for an evaluation. Dr. St. George will give you an examination, then discuss your condition and all the appropriate treatment options we have available. We appreciate your business and we look forward to serving you!