Frequently Asked Questions About Veins

Below are the answers to some of the most common questions about veins and vein treatments.

What are the causes of varicose and spider veins?

There are many causes of varicose veins, including:

  • Blood clots
  • Genetics
  • Hormones
  • Medications for birth control or hormone replacement
  • Obesity
  • Previous vein surgery
  • Postmenopausal hormonal replacement
  • Work involving a lot of standing
  • Trauma

Are there non-medical treatments for varicose and spider veins?

Yes, these include:

  • Lifestyle changes like exercising, weight loss or a low-salt diet can help relieve symptoms. 
  • Support stockings can be found at most surgical supply stores or pharmacies and help to ease discomfort.

Can spider veins or varicose veins return?

Yes, spider veins or varicose veins may recur. You may require maintenance treatment.

What are the side effects of laser or injection therapy?

Side effects may include bruising, pigmentation changes at the site of treatment, skin changes and recurrence of the vessel. A one-year post treatment follow-up is recommended. However, you may call our office at any time with your concerns or for needed follow-up. Touch-up procedures may be needed on an annual basis or as recommenced to maintain your results.

What if I have a more complex vascular disease?

In order for a patient to be diagnosed with a vascular disease, they must be clinically evaluated by a vascular surgeon, which includes a history and physical examination. The Henry Ford vascular surgery experts treat conditions affecting your blood vessel network, veins and lymph vessels. They can help identify your condition and deliver life-saving treatments for even the most complex forms and advanced stages of vascular disease.

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