There are two main types of visible veins: spider and varicose. Spider veins tend to create a meshwork of blue, purple, red, and brown lines beneath the skin. Meanwhile, varicose veins are thick and rope-like.
Both types of veins tend to detract from the appearance of your skin, but they can also be more than a cosmetic issue. Left untreated, some visible veins can potentially lead to localized discomfort, swelling, fatigue, itching, ulcers, and other concerns. If you are interested in improving the look of visible veins and reducing or resolving your symptoms, consider a non-surgical vein treatment.
At Miami Skin and Vein, experienced physician Dr. Shaun Patel offers sclerotherapy and laser vein treatments. These quick and relatively painless therapies can eliminate unwanted veins and give you the confidence to show your skin.
Find out the best visible vein treatment for your needs by scheduling a consultation at 786-618-5039. We welcome patients from Miami, Coral Gables, Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and nearby areas of Florida.
What Causes Visible Veins?
Millions of Americans have abnormal veins, and most don’t understand why. A number of elements increase your risk for developing spider veins and varicose veins, including:
- Age: As time passes, valves in the veins begin to deteriorate and vein walls lose elasticity. The circulatory system does not function as efficiently as it does in a younger body.
- Gender: Venous disease is more common in women (particularly those who are or have been pregnant) than in men.
- Heredity: Vein health is a trait, just like the color of your eyes or hair. A predisposition for abnormal veins can be passed on from generation to generation.
- Weight: Obesity increases pressure in veins, triggering venous disease. Individuals who are overweight may not be physically active, which is necessary to keep blood flowing normally. In addition, the problem may not be visible, since veins can lie deeper in larger legs.
- Occupation: Jobs that require sitting or standing for long periods of time can impede normal blood flow, resulting in visible veins.
- Trauma: A prior injury that caused vascular damage may increase the likelihood of developing venous disease.
Visible Vein Treatment Areas
Visible veins most commonly occur on the calves and thighs. However, they can also appear on many different areas of the body, including the:
Visible veins in these areas can typically be improved with the appropriate vein therapy. Certain areas may involve special considerations that Dr. Patel will discuss during your consultation.
Sclerotherapy Vein Treatment
For the treatment of visible veins, most vein experts recommend liquid sclerotherapy because of its precision and minimal side effects. During the procedure, a medication called Asclera® (polidocanol) is injected into the spider vein with a small needle. The medication causes the vein to contract and eventually disappear.
As with all medications, some patients could experience a reaction to the solution. However, this is extremely uncommon, and the treatment is generally well-tolerated. For optimal results, patients are advised to wear compression stockings for three to seven days after the procedure.
Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy
Ultrasound guided sclerotherapy is useful for treating feeder veins that are harder to see, and therefore difficult to address with a simple injection. During the procedure, a reticular vein or varicose vein is identified using ultrasound. Then, Asclera (polidocanol) is injected into the vessel, ensuring precise delivery of the medication.
This process causes the vein to shrink and eventually disappear. As with traditional liquid sclerotherapy, patients are typically advised to wear compression stockings for three to seven days after the procedure.
Laser Vein Therapy
Lasers are great tools for eliminating spider veins and small varicose veins. Dr. Patel uses a unique high-powered laser that can destroy unwanted veins without affecting the skin. The system also features innovative cooling technology that helps ensure patient comfort during the short procedure.
While some patients may experience redness, swelling, or mild discoloration, side effects are generally minimal. There are no long-term side effects and no downtime. Most patients tolerate the procedure well. To completely clear unwanted veins, you may need multiple sessions.
How Much Do Vein Treatments Cost in Miami?
Your insurance plan may cover your vein treatment. Insurance providers often cover treatment for uncomfortable varicose veins. Spider veins may be covered in certain circumstances.
At Miami Skin and Vein, sclerotherapy with Asclera® is generally $400 per session. The price of laser treatment can vary depending on the nature of your visible veins and other individualized factors.
Dr. Patel can give you a more accurate cost estimate during your in-person consultation. We also offer financing options to help make your vein treatment more affordable.
Schedule Your Miami Vein Treatment
Call Miami Skin and Vein at 786-618-5039 to find out which vein therapy option is right for you. Dr. Patel serves patients throughout Florida, including Miami, Coral Gables, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami Beach.