Spider & Varicose Veins Specialist

Russell Becker, DO -  - Vascular Surgeon

Vascular Center of Naples

Russell Becker, DO

Vascular Surgeon located in Naples, FL

If you’re afraid to show off your legs because of dark, gnarled veins, Dr. Russell Becker has a solution. As Vascular Center of Naples in Naples, Florida, Dr. Becker offers comprehensive diagnostics and treatment of spider veins and large varicose veins to improve your appearance and promote overall good health. To learn more about treating varicose and spider veins, schedule a consultation online or by phone.

Spider & Varicose Veins Q & A

What are spider veins?

Spider veins are blue or red veins that appear close to the surface of your skin. They can resemble spiderwebs and are usually found on your face and legs.

These veins can cover a small area of your skin or grow over larger areas.

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins are similar to spider veins, except they are much larger and appear to bulge or twist out of your skin. Varicose veins can even swell and raise above your skin’s surface.

Commonly found on your thighs, the inside of your leg, and in your calves, varicose veins can also appear on the vagina and buttocks during a pregnancy.

What causes spider and varicose veins?

Spider veins are the result of a backup of blood flow in your veins. They can also develop due to hormone changes, such as during pregnancy, menopause, or the natural course of aging.

Varicose veins can come from weakened or damaged valves in your veins. This damage results from the force of blood that must fight gravity to carry blood back to your heart. For this reason, varicose veins most often appear in the lower part of your legs, as they are furthest from your heart.

When the valves weaken, they can’t prevent blood from flowing backward, and blood begins to leak back into the veins and collect there. As blood collection grows, veins grow larger and become varicose.

What treatments are available for varicose and spider veins?

Dr. Becker can determine the best course of treatment based on the condition of your veins during his examination. He initially may recommend lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking and being more physically active if your veins are not causing any discomfort.

For more serious vein issues, Dr. Becker can recommend sclerotherapy. This procedure uses a liquid chemical Dr. Becker injects into the vein to close it and stop the flow of blood. As a result, the vein turns into scar tissue and goes away naturally.

Dr. Becker also offers Varithena®, an injectable foam he uses with ultrasound-guided injections. This prescription treatment can prevent the backflow of blood in your veins and lessen the appearance and symptoms of varicose veins. The foam displaces blood in the bad vein, causing it to collapse and disappear.

To learn more about varicose vein and spider vein treatments, schedule an appointment online or by phone.