Types Of Veins
Can you tell me more about the various vein types?
At one end of the spectrum, small spider veins are the smallest vein types. These are usually of most concern to women and can occur anywhere on the legs, but more often on the inside of the knee and outer thigh. Venulectasias are slightly larger veins that occur in groups – you’ll regularly see them with spider veins.
Just below the surface of your skin you may notice reticular veins – larger vessels that are dark blue in colour. These can sometimes appear to join together to form a stream or river travelling down the leg. It is important to treat these vessels, along with the spider veins, if long-term improvement in of spider veins is to be expected.
The next largest veins are what most people call varicose veins. These can be either blue in colour, if close to the skin, or may appear to be of normal colour. Large varicose veins are the bigger and more ropey ones that can be seen from a few metres away. They often extend from the groin to below the knee or behind the knee and can cause pressure problems on smaller veins. A solution to the abnormal flow must be found in order to make the leg look better as well as prevent the diseases that backpressure in veins can cause.
Look at the results…
Varicose Vein Types – before and after sclerotherapy
Spider Veins and venulectasias before and after microsclerotherapy:
A small varicose vein behind the knee treated by microsclerotherapy:
A large, ropey varicose vein at the front of the thigh treated by Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy due the vein being tortuous. Endovenous laser need a straight vein to insert the fiber.
Though a long way from the groin, this vessel is due to the failure of the largest vein in the leg – the great saphenous vein right at the top of the leg. For successful results, you need to treat the problem at the source. Endovenous laser was performed from groin to knee turning off the pressure to the lower bulging veins and closing the vein permanently.
A collection of spider veins and venulectasias treated with ultrasound guided sclerotherapy and microsclerotherapy. Combinations of treatments are common.
A large, ropey vein behind the knee. This patient had Endovenous Laser Ablation to the small saphenous vein which runs down the back of the calf, Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy to the veins below the skin and Microsclerotherapy for the visible veins in the skin.
The before and after images on this page have not been manipulated or enhanced in any way. A combination of Endovenous Laser Ablation, Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy and Microsclerotherapy were the treatments performed to close the unsightly veins.
As every person is different with differing levels of vein problems, there is no guarantee that you will experience similar results to those shown here, but all care and commitment is taken to ensure the best outcome possible for the individual. Please arrange a consultation with Dr Owen Roberts at the Alia Vein Clinic to determine what you can realistically expect from vein treatment.