Reticular Veins: What Are They and How Are They Treated?

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Are you wondering what reticular veins are and if you may be affected by them? The following will provide information about these veins and how they may affect your health.

What are Reticular Veins?

Reticular veins are small, flat veins that are usually blue-green in color. They often cause or feed spider veins. These veins generally have no connection to deeper, underlying saphenous veins that are usually associated with varicose veins. These veins may appear on the back and inner section of the thighs, or on the legs and ankles. In some cases, they can form on the face. Reticular veins are usually not considered unhealthy—just enlarged and unattractive. If you have more translucent skin, these veins may be more visible. These veins do not swell and bulge as do varicose veins. Additionally, they will usually not cause pain or itchiness.

Main Differences Between Reticular and Varicose Veins

The main difference between reticular and varicose veins is that reticular veins are not connected to the underlying saphenous veins. Additionally, varicose veins are far more bulging and can cause more symptoms.

Treating Reticular Veins

While reticular veins are usually considered a cosmetic issue, in some cases they can lead to spider veins, which is why they are often called “feeder veins.” In some cases, they may become unusually unsightly or uncomfortable. Sclerotherapy is usually the best procedure for treating reticular veins. During a Sclerotherapy treatment, a solution is injected into the veins. This solution then causes the veins to disappear or become less visible. This procedure is also used to treat spider veins and other larger veins.

Get Your Veins Checked Properly

At Laser Lipo and Vein Center, we have a staff that is very experienced and knowledgeable about many vein conditions. Says Dr. Thomas Wright, medical director, “We know that some veins can be unsightly without causing any medical concern, while others can be indicative of conditions that can worsen and become serious. We encourage anyone who may have questions or concerns about vein health or whether they are at risk to come in and discuss the issues.”

Additionally, at Laser Lipo and Vein Center, we offer a full range of procedures and treatments for any vein condition, whether it be cosmetic or medical in nature. Please call us today to schedule a no-obligation consultation.