Spider Vein Treatment for Long Island, NY Patients of All Ages
Well-Versed in Sclerotherapy and Laser Therapy Treatments
Spider veins are characterized by clusters of blue, red, or purple veins, often resembling a spider web. It’s been estimated that over 50% of American men and women have spider veins somewhere on their body. Patients of any age may begin to see spider veins. While some may consider spider veins strictly a cosmetic concern, they are frequently symptomatic. Patients may experience uncomfortable aching, itching, or burning sensations. Women who are pregnant may also experience spider veins. Sitting or standing for an extended period and hot weather may cause symptoms to worsen. When left untreated, spider veins often lead to further complications, including blood clots. If you’re seeking spider vein treatment on Long Island, NY, Island Vein Specialists is here for you. Our vein surgeon, Dr. John Gallagher, has over 30 years of experience in providing treatment for spider veins, including sclerotherapy and laser therapy. Please contact us today to schedule a consultation to see how we can help you get rid of your painful, embarrassing spider veins once and for all!
What Causes Spider Veins? Are They Only Found on the Legs?
Spider veins are one of the most common symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency, a condition affecting countless adults. Your veins carry blood throughout your body in tiny, one-way valves. When these valves leak or malfunction, blood pools inside your veins, which gives them a spider web-like appearance over time. Wondering what the differences are between spider veins vs. varicose veins? Spider veins tend to be smaller and may require different types of treatment. Unlike varicose veins, which are usually found on the legs, spider veins are found on the legs, thighs, face, and chest. Factors that put individuals at risk for developing spider veins include gender, heredity, weight, and age. They’re more common in women than men due to hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy, menopause, and hormonal replacement therapy. There are also studies linking spider veins with the usage of oral birth control pills. However, spider veins affect men and women of all ages.
How to Prevent Spider Veins Through Lifestyle Adjustments
You may need to make lifestyle adjustments to help you prevent spider veins. Maintaining a healthy weight through diet and exercise is beneficial in more ways than one. You should also drink plenty of water and move throughout the day to promote better blood circulation. If you’re a smoker, consider quitting because smoking can impact your circulation and vein health. Whenever possible, refrain from wearing tight, restrictive clothing that puts additional pressure on your body and take care to protect your skin from the sun when spending time outdoors. If your job requires you to spend extended periods sitting or standing, consider wearing compression stockings to promote better vascular health.
How Sclerotherapy and Laser Therapy Remove Spider Veins
Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy works with the use of a chemical sclerosant that is injected into the vein to seal off and shut down the unneeded vein. Sclerotherapy can be used on both the legs and face and can be done in the comfort of one of our offices in West Islip or Mineola, NY. In some cases, a special laser is used in conjunction with sclerotherapy. This combination is the so-called “double-injury technique.” This makes the spider vein removal treatment more efficient and more aesthetically-pleasing because it virtually eliminates staining of the skin, which can occur with conventional sclerotherapy and many other vein surgery procedures.
Patients Prefer Sclerotherapy Because There’s No Downtime
There’s no downtime after sclerotherapy. It can be considered a “lunchtime” appointment with the vein surgeon in which you can return to work from the vein clinic immediately. However, we ask our patients to do a lot of walking after the spider vein removal treatment and to wear compression stockings to aid in the process. Our spider vein doctor does not recommend sclerotherapy for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as patients with circulation or heart conditions. If you’ve been struggling with spider veins and think you may need a spider vein specialist to do a spider vein removal, call one of our clinics to schedule your consultation with our knowledgeable vein surgeon. Our vein treatment centers are here to answer all your vein care and surgery questions in Nassau and Suffolk County, NY.
Learn More About Our Spider Veins Treatment Costs
Are you worried about spider veins treatment costs on Long Island? You needn’t be when you visit Island Vein Specialists. Our offices in West Islip and Mineola, NY accept most major insurance plans, including Aetna, AARP, United Health/Americhoice, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and Medicare. We can also help you make financing arrangements through CareCredit® for portions not covered by your insurance. Please contact us today with any questions or concerns you may have regarding our spider veins treatment options. Our caring staff would be happy to walk you through our procedures during your consultation with Dr. Gallagher!
What Sets Us Apart?
- Board Certified
- Personalized Attention
- Over 30 Years of Experience
- General and Vascular Surgeon
- Revolutionary Technique Using Acupuncture Needles