What are Varicose Veins and Spider Veins?

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What are Varicose Veins?

A varicose vein is an abnormally dilated blood vessel resulting from poor circulation. With poor circulation (venous insufficiency) blood incompletely returns to the heart allowing blood to pool in the leg veins. The increased pressure results in varicose veins.

Varicosities have an obvious appearance protruding from the surface of your skin. Varicosities often appear as purple, blue, or green dilations on the skin.

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What Are Spider Veins?

Much smaller than varicose veins, spider veins can also indicate underlying venous insufficiency. They appears as clusters of tiny, web-like vessels most commony on the thighs, calves and ankles.

Spider veins are related to genetics, hormonal influences, and are more common in females. Treatment is effective with sclerotherapy, however in some cases testing for underlying conditions is advised.

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      Symptoms of Spider and Varicose Veins

      Bulging varicose veins or spider veins

      Leg pain worse at end of day

      Heaviness and fatigue

      Throbbing

      Cramping

      Dry, itchy skin

      Swelling

      Restless leg

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      What is Venous Insufficiency?

      Blood flow in the leg veins has to work against the pull of gravity. This constant pressure adds to the stress on the normal function of our leg veins.

      One-way valves in the veins act to direct blood in the right direction, towards the heart, and prevent it from flowing backwards. Venous insufficiency occurs when the valves in veins begin to leak and allow blood to flow backwards (reflux) and pool. This increases the pressure inside the veins and over time this can result in spider veins and varicose veins.

      The Best Vein Treatments Are Minimally-Invasive

      Sclerotherapy

      The preferred treatment for spider veins involves tiny injections with sclerosant to dissolve abnormal veins. 

      RF Ablation

      The absolute Gold-Standard for treatment of the underlying cause in varicose veins.  NJ Vein Treament exclusively uses RF ablation for long-term success.

      Cryo-Sclerotherapy With Augmented Reality

      An innovation on standard sclerotherapy to provide essentially painless spider vein treatment with enhanced techniques.

      VenaSeal

      New innovation for treatment of underlying venous insufficiency utilizing a medical adhesive to seal the vein closed.  Insurance coverage is limited.

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