Reticular Veins

What are Reticular Veins?

Unlike Varicose and Spider veins, Reticular veins are not as well-known, however are commonly seen and can cause both cosmetic and well as health issues.

Reticular veins are slightly different to Spider and Varicose veins. They are prominent veins, their size in between that of spider and varicose veins.

Reticular veins tend to be purple or blue in colour and roughly 2mm in diameter forming mainly in the upper and lower leg. Reticular veins generally form due to damaged or weak valves.

Reticular veins may feed into Spider veins, hence them also being known as Feeder Veins, thus in certain instances, removing a Reticular vein subsequently helps eliminate Spider veins.

Like that of Varicose and Spider Veins, Reticular veins can be caused by several factors, including:

  • Heredity/ Genetic Disorders
  • A history of blood clots or clotting issues
  • Occupations involving standing for excessive periods of time
  • Obesity/ Overweight
  • Oral contraception
  • Postmenopausal hormonal replacement

Reticular Vein Treatment

“Scleropathy” is the most common procedure used to treat Reticular veins, which is a process whereby a chemical solution is injected directly into the affected blood vessel with a fine needle. The solution causes an irritation in the lining of the vessel, destroying it. The treated vein is then slowly removed by the body as it would a bruise.

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