Spider Veins in Hattiesburg, 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, 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.

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

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 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.

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 Hattiesburg. At our office in Hattiesburg, 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?

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