Reticular Veins 101
You’ve heard of varicose and spider veins, but what about reticular veins? Reticular veins appear near the top of the skin surface and are created by larger veins below. They look blue or green and are smaller than varicose veins, but larger than spider veins. They may seem large below the skin surface, but they are not bulging like varicose veins. Reticular veins are often found on the backs of the thighs, behind the knees, and outer thighs. In some cases, they can make an appearance on the face. They are not serious but can cause itching, pain, and general discomfort.
The cause of reticular veins
When vein walls are weakened or damaged, reticular veins form. The valves inside of the veins may become damaged resulting in venous reflux. This condition occurs when the blood flows backward. Reticular veins can form due to genetic factors and can be made worse by inactivity, standing, and obesity. In some cases, pregnancy and age can contribute to reticular vein development. Reticular veins can be present on their own, but they can often cause spider veins. For this reason, reticular veins are sometimes called feeder veins.
Treatment for reticular veins
Visual sclerotherapy is a procedure used to treat reticular veins. During the treatment, the veins are injected with a chemical compound called sclerosant. This solution will seal the vein off from other healthy veins in the leg. Eventually, the affected vein will shrink and be absorbed. This particular form of treatment has a high rate of success and patient satisfaction.
Reticular vein prevention and risk factors
The risk factors associated with reticular veins are the same for all superficial vein disease. These factors include: having a family history of vein disease, female gender, pregnancy, and occupations that require prolonged standing. Reticular veins are not necessarily preventable, but avoiding standing for too long and using compression stockings can help.
Schedule a consultation
To learn more about how to diagnose and treat reticular veins or other vein problems, call the Reeder Vein Institute today. You can reach our office located in Dallas, Texas at 972-566-3040.