Reticular Vein Removal
Reticular veins appear as short, jagged lines under the surface of the skin and are red or blue in color. Reticular veins occur when the valves inside veins do not close properly. This inability to close often allows blood to flow backward, causing the vein to change color or become enlarged.
Risk Factors of Reticular Veins
A number of factors increase a person’s chances of developing reticular veins. These include:
- Prolonged standing or sitting
- Hormonal changes
- Sun exposure
Reticular veins often show up in branch-like patterns similar to spider veins but are more likely to cause discomfort. Reticular veins sometimes originate from larger varicose veins, but typically do not protrude in the same way.
Symptoms of Reticular Veins
In most cases, reticular veins are only a cosmetic concern and rarely lead to serious health risks. However, they have been known to cause itching, burning, and general discomfort in some cases. Even less often, reticular veins can be indicators of blood backup in deeper parts of the leg. These sorts of backups can lead to serious problems such as blood clotting and skin ulcers.
If your symptoms continue to worsen despite efforts to self-treat, you may want to see a doctor.
Treatments for Reticular Vein Removal
There are many treatment options available that have proven successful in the removal of reticular veins.
Make an Appointment
No special preparations are needed before making an appointment. Once you come in, your doctor will examine the suspected area and ask you questions related to your symptoms and family history. Some tests may be taken to see how your veins are functioning or if there’s any evidence of severe complications.