Reticular veins typically present as dilated blood vessels close to your skin with a blue or red color. These tend to be more coalesced than those in spider veins. In some cases, they are associated with leg discomfort, leg heaviness and itchiness. Reticular veins are also known as feeder veins and removing reticular veins can help eliminate spider veins. For those with symptoms of reticular veins, vein treatment is available at Precision Medical Specialists near West Palm Beach.
Mario Rueda, MD, FACS is dedicated to helping you with your venous disease and offers advanced options in reticular veins treatment. Every patient receives a personalized plan to treat their reticular veins. Dr. Rueda has vast experience in venous disease treatment, and his patients can rest assured that they are receiving care from a physician with the highest level of training and experience at our medical center in Wellington, FL.
What Causes Reticular Veins?
To understand what reticular veins are, we need to briefly explain how our venous system is organized. There are two main groups, a superficial and a deep system. The superficial system, as the name implies, is closer to the skin surface and drains blood from fatty tissue and skin. The deep system has big caliber veins that are usually in between muscle groups. All blood eventually drains into the deep system. Reticular veins are branches that drain directly into the main superficial veins, or the deep veins. When dilated, they may look green or blue.
Reticular veins are not as close to your skin as spider veins and varicose veins. Despite this, however, they may still cause discomfort and itchiness. Reticular veins are typically diagnosed by physical examination alone. In some cases, Dr. Rueda may order an ultrasound to rule out any other, more serious conditions.
Reticular Veins Treatment Procedure
Procedures to treat reticular veins usually involve injecting a sclerosing solution inside the vein to scar it down and help improve its appearance. This is typically done by a simple injection through the skin like is done in during preventive vaccination.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Patients with classic history, symptoms, and exam are good candidates for the procedure. Dr. Rueda will examine your veins and make sure they will improve with the proposed treatment prior to deciding on any intervention.