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Why Have a Vein Specialist Treat your Spider Veins?

Why Have a Vein Specialist Treat your Spider Veins?

Posted on May 19, 2014 by Dr. Stephen Rivard

Top 3 Reasons to Get your Spider Veins Treated by a Vein Specialist.

Spider veins are fairly common, found in roughly half the U.S. population. Generally, spider veins appear as small blue and red veins seen close to the surface of the skin in the legs and ankles. While spider veins are commonly treated by many types of physicians (e.g. dermatologists, plastic surgeons, etc), there are 3 important reasons why you should consider going to a board certified vein specialist over any other practice to treat your spider veins.

1. Spider veins may actually be a symptom of underlying venous spider_veinsinsufficiency.  

Spider veins, particularly when they are located in the ankles or behind the knees are often associated with under lying venous insufficiency (i.e. varicose veins).  In fact, nearly 25% of the patients with spider veins that we see at Illinois Vein Specialists have them as a direct result of their varicose vein problems deeper within the skin. Therefore, the underlying issues of varicose veins must be treated to properly eliminate your spider veins, otherwise they will continue to come back regardless of how often or how many times you treat them. The ability to understand this thoroughly is the most important difference between seeing a doctor whom specializes in venous and lymphatic disease versus those who do not.

2. Vein Specialists use a Doppler Duplex Ultrasound.

As a follow up to number one above, in order to eliminate the possibility of having any underlying venous insufficiency as the root cause of your spider veins starts with ability to provide a proper diagnosis.  During the initial consultation, a board certified venous and lymphatic disease doctor will perform an ultrasound on your legs using a Doppler Duplex Ultrasound.  By doing so, your doctor will be able to correctly and accurately map out a treatment plan custom tailored to your particular needs and address an issues that may be often be overlooked by going somewhere else.  

3. Vein Specialists Only Treat Veins. Period.

The most common treatment for spider veins no matter where you go to have them treated is known as Sclerotherapy. However, sclerotherapists and board certified venous and lymphatic disease doctors are required to go through rigorous training so that they can provide safe and effective treatment of your veins. They only treat veins for a living, this is their specialty. More importantly, vein disease is real disease, so why treat it by anyone other than someone with the particular training and acumen required to provide the highest standards of venous care.

Our Philosophy. Find a Board Certified Venous and Lymphatic Doctor.

At Illinois Vein Specialists, we care just as much about the medicine and the specialized practice of Phlebology (now known as Venous and Lymphatic Disease) as we do our patients. That is why we focus only on treating varicose and spider veins and provide the most advanced and effective treatments available today.  We treat patients from Buffalo Grove, Cary, Elgin, Algonquin, Palatine, Vernon Hills, Crystal Lake, Hoffman Estates, Lake Zurich, Fox River Grove, Mundelein, Grayslake, Wauconda, Chicago, and all areas of Barrington, Illinois. We understand that when you choose a doctor you want to go to someone you know, like and trust, and honestly so do we. We know that patients come to us most often from satisfied patient referrals, but we encourage you to do your own homework and ask around. In the end no matter where you live or who you decide to have treat your varicose or spider veins find someone who focuses only on diagnosing and treating varicose and spider veins -- find a Board Certified Venous and Lymphatic Disease Doctor (formerly known as Phlebology).


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