Spider Vein Treatment in Sioux Falls, South Dakota (SD)

Known also as telangiectasias, spider veins are thin blood vessels that are blue, red or purple in color. They often appear on the surface of the skin, mainly on the face (nose and cheeks) or legs (thighs, calves and ankles). On occasion, they develop elsewhere. Spider veins are given their name because they take on the shape of a spider web, whereby the veins branch out in various directions from a central location. While spider veins are typically treated for cosmetic reasons, there are times where these veins can cause symptoms like night cramps, fatigue, swelling, itching, burning or aching. 

Diagnosing Spider Veins

Since spider veins may signal an underlying circulatory problem like venous insufficiency, or an autoimmune disease like lupus, your vein specialist will likely order imaging studies and/or blood tests to help diagnose any potential underlying conditions. These tests are also performed in order to evaluate valve function, understand your valve structure, determine if blood clots are present in the veins and assess the amount of blood that is flowing back into the legs. A physical exam and questions about your symptoms are also in order, and are the first steps your doctor will take. All of this information will be used to help your vein doctor choose the proper course of treatment.

Treating Spider Veins

Should an underlying medical condition exist, your doctor will take measures to treat that condition before addressing the cosmetic aspect of your spider veins. When treatment of the spider veins does occur, it will consist of one or both kinds of spider vein therapies.

Sclerotherapy – the doctor will inject a chemical solution into the vein using a very thin needle. This will cause the lining of the vein to become inflamed and harden into scar tissue. The scarred tissue closes off the vein and is later absorbed by the body. The absorption process causes the vein to shrink, making it no longer visible at the surface of the skin. To make up for the loss of the vein, blood is sent to the heart via healthy, functioning veins found deeper within the venous system. For the 10 percent of patients whose bodies do not respond to sclerotherapy, laser treatment may be a more effective alternative.

Laser and light treatment – a high-intensity beam of light is directed at the spider veins, causing them to heat up. The heat damages the blood vessel walls, which triggers the veins to shrink and disappear over time. This particular treatment is best for facial veins, and while it can be used on other areas of the body, it is not typically used on the legs. 

With both treatments, results may take several weeks. Regarding self-care after your procedure, your vein specialist may advise you to wear compression stockings, elevate your legs and do light exercises. All of these tactics help minimize symptoms and prevent the development of new spider veins.


About Physicians Vein Clinics

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Physicians Vein Clinics is proud to offer the region’s finest vein removal services, using state-of-the-art technology and the skill of a board certified vein physician and laser expert.

About that free screening…

If you have ever wondered whether or not your vein problems can be easily fixed, find out with a free screening at Physicians Vein Clinics. The screening won’t take long and you’re under no obligation to receive further services. We should also be able to tell you whether your insurance will cover the procedure.

Easy as 1, 2, 3

Your free screening consists of three steps:
  1. We will review your medical history and perform a visual exam of the problem area. If necessary, an ultrasound examination will be obtained to identify the underlying cause of your problem. The ultrasound diagnosis isn’t needed very often, but if it is, this is a separate diagnostic test that requires billing to your insurance.
  2. We will diagnose your vein issues and discuss expected outcomes with you.
  3. Dr. Hansen will perform a visual exam and talk over the next course of action with you. If it is determined that your case is medical in nature, we will schedule a consult that consists of mapping and drawing your veins to prove venous deficiency and submit it to your insurance company. If the problems are cosmetic, they will discuss costs and treatment options with you.
Once you decide to move forward with treatment, we will work around your schedule to perform the procedures. Each outpatient procedure is different, but you should expect to return to normal activities in no time with minimal discomfort. Your specific treatment expectations and after-care will be discussed in detail prior to your appointment. Our professional and friendly staff is here to answer all your questions and make your time with us comfortable.

Featured Specialist for Spider Vein Treatment in Sioux Falls, SD

Physicians Vein Clinics

Lornell E. Hansen II, M.D.

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3401 S. Kelley Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD 57106

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