When Spider Vein Treatment At Home Does Not Work - Princeton Vascular Center

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When Spider Vein Treatment At Home Does Not Work


If you are sick and tired of looking at your spider veins, then you may have considered or even tried some home remedies for spider veins.   You are not alone in that endeavor because no one is immune to spider veins.  Common options are readily available and can be performed at home with little risk.

Unfortunately, there is very little more than anecdotal evidence involving popular home remedies for spider veins.   Home remedies include horse chestnut, essential oils, CBD, and apple cider vinegar.  While some treatments may provide symptomatic relief for a period of time, it’s unlikely any symptoms will subside permanently.  This is important because spider veins can be a marker of venous insuffiency. 

Why do spider veins occur?

Spider veins usually develop in a network that might resemble a spider’s web. They may be red or blue and are most common on the legs.  

The most common reasons for developing spider veins are:

  • Family history is the most important factor. Studies show that predisposition to leaky veins is inherited and can cause both varicose and spider veins
  • Venous insufficiency
  • Hormonal fluctuations (particularly during and after pregnancy)
  • Increased amounts of time standing or sitting in one position
  • Obesity
  • Excessive sun exposure
  • Smoking
  • Skin trauma

What is Venous Insufficiency

Venous insufficiency occurs when the veins in our legs become overwhelmed due to poor circulation.  Typically, blood moves in one direction from the legs towards our heart.  This requires a considerable amount of work against gravity, which leads vulnerable patients to develop vein disease.  Over time, excess blood accumulates in the legs and increases the pressure in our veins.  Ultimately, that pressure is released causing spider and varicose veins.

How To Diagnose Spider Vein Disease

Simply treating surface veins with sclerotherapy or laser vein removal is common.  Inexperienced physicians or pop-up medical spas are not equipped to diagnose the root cause of spider and varicose veins.  As a result, potential patients are over-treated with ineffective methods.

Proper evaluation for vein treatment in NJ includes consultation with a vein specialist.   During this consultation, your vein doctor will carefully listen to your symptoms and examine the legs for signs of vein disease.  This is more involved than spotting spider veins, as the vein doctor will look for clues of venous insufficiency.  If medically appropriate, the vein doctor will request a venous reflux ultrasound to evaluate the size and blood flow in your leg veins.  This test is performed on site at Princeton Vascular Center and interpreted by board-certified vascular imaging experts.    

Armed with the knowledge of your symptoms, physical examination, ultrasound results and personal vein treatment goals, your doctor will develop a plan specifically for you.  

What Is The Best Spider Vein Treatment in NJ

  • Radiofrequency Ablation: Radiofrequency ablation is the preferred method of vein treatment at Princeton Vascular Center.  The procedure is performed without any incisions or sutures using a thermal heated catheter.   With RF vein ablation, the treated vein dissolves on the inside eliminating the need for vein surgery.  
  • Endovenous Laser Ablation: Endovenous laser ablation is another minimally invasive vein treatment similar to RF vein ablation.  Laser energy is emitted from the catheter and collapses the diseased veins to re-route blood to healthier parts of your circulation.
  • VenaSeal: VenaSeal is the latest innovation in vein treatment and is available only with the most trusted vein specialist.  The procedure involves delivery of a medical adhesive that seals off the diseaed vein that is eventually absorbed by the body.
  • Ambulatory Phlebectomy:  This is reserved for larger, unhealthy varicose veins that are close to the skin.  It is considered in cases where vein ablation or sclerotherapy are not appropriate.  During the procedure, tiny incisions are made into the skin and the veins are directly removed using a fine tool for immediate visual improvement.  
  • Sclerotherapy: Sclerotherapy Treatment in New Jersey is a common technique, however it’s important to distinguish the sclerosant used.  Princeton Vascular Center utilizes Asclera (or polidocanol) due to its enhanced safety and efficacy profile.  

Consult With The Best Spider Vein Removal Center 

The Princeton Vascular Center is one of the premier vein centers in NJ with several locations across the state.   As part of our committment to be the best choice for spider vein removal in NJ, our vein doctors are sourced from the best training programs in the country and board-certified.  To schedule a consultation with one of our top vein specialists, you can book an appointment online, or call 609-257-2095.

Locations Convenient to most of New Jersey!

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