You most likely heard of varicose veins and spider veins, but you may not have heard of reticular veins. While varicose veins usually present as blue or purple and spider veins appear as red, blue or purple, reticular veins, also referred to as feeder veins, turn up as green or blue lines under the skin. While varicose veins can bulge from the skin, feeder veins are typically flat underneath the skin. Feeder veins can be more noticeable than other problem veins, particularly spider veins, because of their length, depth, and color.
Who Gets Reticular Veins
Despite their uncommon name, they are actually pretty common. More than 75 percent of adults are affected by their dilated veins. Also referred to as feeder veins, these veins can develop as a consequence of genetic factors. Individuals with weak veins or hormonal imbalances are prone to getting them. Extra pressure from excess body weight can make these veins appear more noticeable.
These veins are most commonly found on the back of the thighs, legs, inner part of the things, and on the ankles. Some patients find them on occasionally on their faces.
What are the Symptoms?
Many individuals with this type of vein condition do not suffer from any medical complications or painful symptoms. While rare, other patients may experience itching, burning, and tenderness in their legs. In some cases, feeder veins develop into spider veins.
While they do not frequently cause side effects or pain, many individuals are bothered by the look and appearance of these types of veins. These patients look to a vein specialist to achieve smooth, clear skin without the green and blue lines under their skin which are hallmark signs of feeder veins.
What is the Treatment for Feeder Veins
The classic treatment for reticular veins is sclerotherapy. Vein doctors recommend that feeder veins should be treated early and before the development of spider veins in order to discourage the development of spider veins and prevent a recurrence of them.
Some patients are great candidates for a less invasive sclerotherapy alternative, known as miniphlebectomy. You will discuss the appropriate treatment method with your vein doctor after a thorough evaluation. Miniphlebectomy involves minimal downtime because it is down using local anesthetic, where pinpoint-sized holes are made with a small needle and special instruments are used to removed the vein through the small opening.
If you suspect you have these types of veins, you can learn more or schedule an appointment at one of the three convenient locations (Sewell, Vineland, or Voorhees NJ) by calling Dr. Charles Dietzek of the Vein & Vascular Institute today at 856-309-8346.