What are reticular veins?
A reticular vein is a dilated bluish intradermal vein, usually from 1 mm in diameter to less than 3 mm in diameter. They are usually tortuous.. Telangiectasias can result from refluxing reticular veins. When such reticular veins are associated with telangiectasias, they are called "feeder veins". Reticular veins are also known as blue veins and intradermal vrices.
What causes reticular veins?
The etiology contributing to the development of reticular veins are multiple. One of the main reasons is the lack of physical activity as well as obesity. Due to overweigth the venous pressure in the lower extremities increases, the blood circulation stops functioning properly and thus the problems are already in place.
Occupations that necessitate prolonged sitting or standig, wearing high heels on a daily basis are also among the causes of reticular veins.
What symptoms to look for?
Reticular veins are easily distinguished by blue- purple "network" on the surface of the skin. Usually the reticular veins are not painful, however they aren`t aesthetically pleasing. Most people are intimidated by the areas affected by this disease (which affects most commonly the legs). During the summer the discomfort is even greater due to the heat.
What are the recommended treatments for reticular veins?
The gold standard in the treatment is „Veinlite“ assisted sclerotherapy (liquid or foam).
This is an effective treatment of reticular veins without risk of recurrence and scarring after the manipulation .