Reticular Veins and Treatments
Reticular veins are medium sized veins 2-3 mm in diameter. They are typically larger than spider veins but smaller than varicose veins. The veins are usually a blue-green or purple color and may form areas of unattractive clusters on the inner part of thighs or ankles as well as on the back of the legs. Sometimes they do not protrude above the skin’s surface but can still be associated with symptoms of pain and discomfort.
The significance of treating reticular networks before spider veins
Reticular networks are significant because they are often the veins feeding those annoying networks of smaller spider veins on the sides of the thighs. Many patients come to the office with a history of multiple unsuccessful treatments for spider veins. With the presence of reticular veins, it is difficult to treat the smaller spider veins until the reticular networks are treated first. These networks act as “feeder” veins to the smaller spider veins. When the reticular veins are not treated first, the spider veins continue to open up after treatments.
Reticular veins treatment
Reticular veins are typically treated the same way as spider veins using sclerotherapy injections. Like most other vein conditions, reticular veins typically exist for a reason. Sometimes there is underlying venous insufficiency which causes them to occur. If venous disease is present and left untreated reticular veins they will continue reoccur. Therefore, it is important to determine if venous insufficiency exists and treat it first. If you are suffering from reticular veins, Dr. Aquino will order a venous ultrasound to determine if the cause is venous insufficiency.