Minimally Invasive Treatment for Reticular Veins
What are Reticular Veins?You are probably familiar with spider veins and varicose veins. Reticular veins are blue feeder veins that are smaller than varicose veins and larger than the spider veins. Reticular veins appear primarily on the backs of the legs, behind the knees, and on ankles.
Leg veins have one-way valves that keep blood flowing in the correct direction. When these valves stop working properly, blood pools, causing increased pressure in veins. The body creates new veins as conduits to relieve the pressure, however, these veins are ineffective because the valves are nonfunctional. Reticular veins, along with varicose veins and spider veins, are the result of this process.
All Veins Are Not the SameDevelopment of reticular veins is largely hereditary. These medium sized veins are usually more of a cosmetic issue than a serious medical complication, but they are troublesome and can signal a more serious underlying medical condition. Dr. Amanda Lloyd, a diplomate of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic medicine will evaluate your veins, rule out an underlying condition and will determine the most appropriate treatment based on where in the venous system the problem lies.
Imagine that the greater saphenous vein (the largest one running the length of the leg) is the trunk of a tree. Varicose veins are the branches. Reticular veins are the smaller branches and spider veins are the twigs on the tree.
The small branches (reticular veins) respond best to a minimally invasive treatment called endovenous chemical ablation:
- Ultrasound is used to map the reticular vein
- A foamed sclerosant is injected into the reticular vein
- The body resorbs the vein
The twigs respond nicely to a minimally invasive treatment called sclerotherapy:
- A sclerosant is injected into superficial veins
- It induces a chemical reaction that causes spider veins to close
- The body then resorbs the veins, removing them from the skin
Isn’t it time to get back into skirts, shorts, and swimwear? Call Skin & Vein Institute with Dr. Lloyd, the only diplomate of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic area in the Northern San Diego County Area at (760) 642-6674.
Meet Dr. Amanda LloydDR. AMANDA LLOYD HAS BEEN SERVING HER PATIENTS MORE THAN 15 YEARS.
She can help you look and feel even more amazing in your skin because she is well trained in all aspects of dermatology including laser and cosmetics, skin cancer management including Mohs surgery and cosmetic reconstruction, medical dermatology and venous disease.Meet the Doctor