If you have a condition known as spider veins, it is important to consult an endovascular surgeon with experience in the treatment of varicose veins in general, and, in particular, in the use of sclerotherapy for the treatment of small superficial veins. The doctor will perform a physical examination and see if there is any sign of deep vein damage, before deciding on the right treatment for spider veins.
There are risk factors that cause spider veins to form and you should talk to your endovascular clinic about them.
Spider veins are caused by damaged valves inside the veins, which prevent blood from flowing normally in the right direction. Many factors can contribute to the damage of these small vein valves, but the risk could be higher if you are in the following situations that you should let your doctor know about:
If you are a woman, your risk of developing spider veins is higher, so you should tell your doctor if you are taking hormone replacement therapy (post-menopausal) or birth control pills.