Spider Vein Treatment Visalia CA

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Spider Vein Injections

Vein injections are the simplest, most effective way to eliminate unsightly spider and reticular veins, and the treatment of choice at VIP Specialists in Visalia, CA.

Quick Procedure – injections take only a few minutes

Immediate Results – treatment effects are immediately visible

Comprehensivevein injections can be used to treat virtually all sizes of spider and reticular veins

Clinically Proven – the cosmetic efficacy of spider vein injections is supported by clinical studies

Affordable – ask us about pricing

Vascular & Interventional Procedure Specialists performing spider vein treatment on patient with spider veins in Visalia, CA
Vein injections are a simple and effective way to get rid of spider veins.

VIP: Your Spider Vein Treatment Specialists in Visalia, CA

We are VIP Specialists, and we’re to help you get your legs back to health. Our Vascular and Interventional Specialists provide a full suite of screening, diagnostic, and treatment services for spider veins, varicose veins, and more advanced stages of venous insufficiency.

Our vein treatment center is conveniently located in downtown Visalia, California at the corner of Locust Street and East Acequia Avenue. Schedule your visit today!

Dr. Ashkan Shahkarami

Vascular & Interventional Specialist

Spider vein treatment specialist Dr. Ashkan Shahkarami in Visalia, CA

Dr. Bennett K. Abe

Vascular & Interventional Specialist

Spider vein treatment specialist Dr. Bennett K. Abe in Visalia, CA

Dr. Francisco E. Valles

Vascular & Interventional Specialist

Spider vein treatment specialist Dr. Francisco E. Valles in Visalia, CA

Dr. Glade Roper

Vascular & Interventional Specialist

Spider vein treatment specialist Dr. Glade Roper in Visalia, CA

Dr. Daniel Hightower

Vascular & Interventional Specialist

Spider vein treatment specialist Dr. Daniel Hightower in Visalia, CA

Two legs with visible spider veins and telangiectasia
Vein doctor inspecting spider veins on patient's leg
Leg with visible spider veins along the back of the knee and the calf

About Spider Veins

Spider veins, also called “telangiectasia,” are clusters of small red, blue, or purple colored capillary veins on the surface of the legs. They are extremely common, affecting around 65% to 75% of adult legs. [1,2] On their own, spider veins are not medically significant. In other words, spider veins do not cause symptoms that necessitate medical treatment, but they are easily treated for aesthetic purposes.

Spider veins are the very first stage of a chronic vein condition called chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), which is responsible for varicose veins, swelling, and other more severe symptoms if the disease progresses. Spider veins can occur independently other symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency, and they often accompany varicose veins or other skin changes related to vein disease. In rare cases, spider veins may be the only outward sign of more advanced vein problems. [1,2]

Progression from spider veins to chronic venous insufficiency
Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) usually begins with spider veins.

Why do Spider Veins Occur?

The underlying cause of most vein problems is a phenomenon known as “venous reflux.” Venous reflux refers to the condition in which blood in a vein or a group of veins flows backwards (away from the heart), causing blood to pool in the veins. This pooling is responsible for the visual bulging and discoloration that is characteristic of varicose veins, and can also cause venules to swell and become visible in the form of spider veins. [3] There is no clinically proven method to prevent spider veins, and new spider veins can form again even if you’ve been treated for spider veins before.

Spider Veins vs. Reticular Veins

Though they’re distinct, we sometimes talk about spider veins and reticular veins interchangeably. To clarify the difference, spider veins (also called “telangiectasia”) are actually widened venules, whereas reticular veins are small rope-like veins. Both spider veins and reticular veins are visible on the surface of the skin, and both can be treated with vein injections.
Drawing of spider veins and their relation to venous reflux

Possible relationship between spider veins, reticular veins, and reflux.

Spider Vein Treatment in Visalia, CA

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How Spider Vein Injections Work

Spider vein injections are done with a specialized chemical compound called a sclerosant. A sclerosant is a chemical that triggers a series of biological reactions from within the veins causing vein irritation, dehydration, and destruction.⁶ Sclerotherapy begins to work immediately, so our patients tend to be very excited to see their spider veins fade away as soon as they receive an injection.
Sclerotherapy injection kit for spider vein treatment

The injection kit and sclerosant formulation are prepared.

Doctor injection sclerotherapy into leg with spider veins

A small needle is inserted into the target vein and the sclerosant is injected.

Destruction of spider veins following the injection of sclerotherapy

Sclerosant causes vein irritation, dehydration, and destruction immediately.

Complete results with sclerotherapy typically take only 1 or 2 treatment sessions. [4] Clinical evidence supports the use of sclerotherapy agents to eliminate spider veins and reticular veins. In the EASI study, approximately 85% of individuals treated with Asclera were still satisfied with treatment six months afterwards. [5]

Spider Vein Treatment in Visalia, CA

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Laser Treatment vs. Spider Vein Injections: Which is Better?

Laser treatment is also available for spider veins, but has been shown to require more treatment sessions than sclerotherapy injections, and requires longer follow-up to achieve complete results. Laser treatments externally apply strong bursts of light to destroy small superficial veins without requiring needles or incisions. Despite it being a completely external therapy, laser treatments have been shown to be slightly more painful than vein injections. [4] Vein injections can reliably treat larger and deeper veins than laser treatment. Laser spider vein removal is most effective when veins are small, sparse, and shallow. Typically laser energy will not be effective on veins that are larger than a 30-gauge needle and cannot treat at depths greater than a few millimeters without damaging surrounding tissue. [6] These limitations are due to the nature of light itself. In general, lasers that penetrate deeper require more energy to eliminate the target vein, but excess energy can also cause non-selective heating of tissue that surrounds the vein. For these reasons, at VIP we prefer vein injections over laser treatment. Laser treatment may be particularly useful when sclerotherapy is not an option because of needle phobia or an allergy to sclerosants. Laser treatment also provides a lower rate of temporary hyperpigmentation following treatment, which may be favorable to some patients. [4]

Are Spider Vein Injections Right For Me?

Sclerotherapy injections can help you get rid of your unsightly spider veins!

A Vein Specialist at VIP Specialists can help you evaluate your options and decide if injections are right for you!

Patient in consultation with physician about spider vein treatment in Visalia, CA

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References [1] Michael H. Criqui, Maritess Jamosmos, Arnost Fronek, Julie O. Denenberg, R., & D. Langer, John Bergan, and B. A. G. (2003). Chronic Venous Disease in an Ethnically Diverse Population The San Diego Population Study. American Journal of Epidemiology, 76(October 2009), 211–220. [2] Chiesa, R., Marone, E. M., Limoni, C., Volonté, M., Schaefer, E., & Petrini, O. (2005). Chronic venous insufficiency in Italy: The 24-cities Cohort study. European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, 30(4), 422–429. [3] Jacobs, B. N., Andraska, E. A., Obi, A. T., & Wakefield, T. W. (2017). Pathophysiology of varicose veins. Journal of Vascular Surgery: Venous and Lymphatic Disorders, 5(3), 460–467. [4] Parlar, B., Blazek, C., Cazzaniga, S., Naldi, L., Kloetgen, H. W., Borradori, L., & Buettiker, U. (2015). Treatment of lower extremity telangiectasias in women by foam sclerotherapy vs. Nd:YAG laser: A prospective, comparative, randomized, open-label trial. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, 29(3), 549–554. [5] Bertanha, M., Camargo, P. A. B. de, Moura, R., Yoshida, W. B., Pimenta, R. E. F., Mariúba, J. V. de O., … Sobreira, M. L. (2016). Polidocanol versus glucose in the treatment of telangiectasia of the lower limbs (PG3T). Medicine, 95(39), e4812. [6] Kugler, N. W., & Brown, K. R. (2017). An update on the currently available nonthermal ablative options in the management of superficial venous disease. Journal of Vascular Surgery: Venous and Lymphatic Disorders, 5(3), 422–429.

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