Spider Veins in Hattiesburg and D'Iberville, MS

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Generally appearing on the leg and feet, spider veins are thin, small blood vessels that may form as webs or branches. These veins can be red, blue, or purple, making them clearly visible through the skin. Though spider veins differ from varicose veins in that they are a milder form, they can still cause pain. Spider veins usually get worse over time and become more noticeable so it is best to address them as soon as you can. At Vein Institute Hattiesburg and D'Iberville, board-certified vein specialist Dr. J. Keith Thompson provides nonsurgical solutions to minimize the appearance and to resolve spider veins. Schedule an appointment with us to learn more.

What are the Benefits of Spider Vein Treatment?

Sclerotherapy is a highly effective and minimally invasive treatment for eliminating unsightly spider veins, making it a popular and desirable alternative to many other spider vein treatments. This procedure involves injecting a solution directly into the affected veins, causing them to collapse and fade over time. Some of the most compelling benefits of sclerotherapy fir spider veins include:

  • Minimally invasive
  • Quick procedure
  • High success rate
  • Improved skin texture
  • Minimal, if any, discomfort
  • Little downtime
  • Nonsurgical

While spider veins are typically harmless, they can cause various symptoms and cosmetic concerns. Common symptoms of spider veins include aching, itching, burning sensations, and discomfort. Some individuals might experience swelling, throbbing, or a sense of heaviness in the affected area. While these symptoms are usually mild, seeking medical advice at our facility in Hattiesburg and D'Iberville, MS can help manage discomfort and prevent potential complications.

Spider veins typically develop because tiny blood vessels have burst due to excess pressure. While the exact cause of spider veins is difficult to pinpoint from case to case, certain risk factors may make their development more likely, including:

  • Genetics or a family history of spider veins
  • Advanced age
  • Changes in hormone levels
  • Obesity
  • Sitting or standing for extended periods
  • Prolonged exposure to the sun
  • Injury or trauma to the veins in a particular area

Diagnosing spider veins involves a combination of a physical examination and reviewing your medical history. These small, twisted blood vessels visible through the skin often prompt both cosmetic and health-related concerns. During the examination, questions about symptoms like leg pain or discomfort help assess the condition's severity. An ultrasound might be recommended to closely examine the blood flow and vein structure. This noninvasive test provides detailed images of the blood vessels, aiding in identifying any abnormalities or underlying issues contributing to spider veins. With this approach, patients gain a clear understanding of their condition and the next steps for treatment.

The best and most common treatment option for spider veins is sclerotherapy, which is a minimally invasive, injectable procedure that removes the veins over time using a simple solution. During a consultation to evaluate your spider veins, Dr. Thompson and his team will confirm if sclerotherapy is right for you. Sclerotherapy treatments can be completed in a private treatment room at Vein Institute Hattiesburg and D'Iberville quickly and typically without anesthesia. The blood vessels being corrected will be determined, and then the skin will be sanitized. A fine needle will be introduced into the vein and the sclerosing solution will be introduced. The needle will be removed and a bandage will be applied to the injection site to treat any minor bleeding. It is important to note that most spider veins require several sclerotherapy sessions before fading.

Following your sclerotherapy treatment, you may leave when you feel comfortable to get back to your daily activities. You may see some redness, swelling, or bruising in the treated areas, but this will typically heal on its own. Compression garments will be recommended by Dr. Thompson to help your blood circulation after your sclerotherapy treatment for faster, better results. It can take a while for the treatment to show results, but eventually the treated veins should get smaller, become white, and then fade or disappear. You may need several sclerotherapy sessions to achieve optimal results, but many patients are happy with the improvements after the first session.

Dr. Thompson and his staff are great. Dr. Thompson has a wonderful bedside manner and his staff goes out of their way to make you feel at ease and comfortable. They are also very helpful and informative with your insurance benefits. And most importantly, I am very pleased with the results of my endovenous laser treatments and sclerotherapy for my varicose veins.

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If you have spider veins on your legs that have caused you to feel self-conscious about your appearance, consider making a visit to Vein Institute. At our offices in Hattiesburg and D'Iberville, MS, we can lessen the look of spider veins with a couple of treatment options. Schedule a consultation with board-certified vein specialist Dr. J. Keith Thompson, and he will create a customized treatment plan for you.

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What's the difference between sclerotherapy and laser vein treatments?

Sclerotherapy places a special solution into the vein to make it smaller and disappear. Laser vein treatments are noninvasive since light beams are applied to the vein so it collapses and becomes absorbed by the body. Sclerotherapy is typically better for medium-sized and larger spider veins and varicose veins (more than three millimeters), while laser vein treatments are recommended for smaller vessels.

How long should I wear compression stockings following sclerotherapy?

Dr. Thompson or a team member will discuss how much time you should wear compression garments following sclerotherapy. The compression garment is meant to aid with your blood circulation so the vein stays closed and to reduce bruising. Ideally, it would help if you continued wearing the compression garment after your recovery anytime you are seated for an extended period, like on lengthy car rides or planes.

What are the best ways to prevent spider veins?

Individuals can reduce their risk of developing spider veins by:

  • Working out often
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Wearing compression garments
  • Not crossing your legs while sitting
  • Elevating your legs when resting
  • Taking frequent breaks when sitting or standing for long periods
What causes spider veins?

Spider veins can be caused by hormonal changes, sun exposure, and blood not flowing properly. Factors like age, family history, and sitting or standing for long periods can also contribute.

How are spider veins diagnosed?

Diagnosis of spider veins is typically done through a physical examination. Sometimes, a duplex ultrasound is used to assess blood flow and the structure of the leg veins.

Is sclerotherapy permanent?

While treatments can effectively reduce the appearance of spider veins, they may not prevent new ones from forming. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and regular follow-up treatments can help manage their occurrence.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.