Vein problems cause the vessels to stretch or widen. When the small vessels below the skin widen, they can be more easily seen. The small red or purple vessels below the skin are called spider veins or telangiectasias. These vessels can look like a bruise. They often have no symptoms, but they can itch, burn or bleed.
What causes Spider Veins?
You have a greater chance of having vein problems if you sit or stand all day. Other risk factors include being overweight, not getting enough exercise and leg trauma. Vein problems tend to run in families. Spider veins are very common with over half of Americans over age 40 having them.
How can I prevent them?
Maintain a normal body weight. Get moving: Walking is great exercise! Avoid standing or sitting for long periods of time. If you must sit or stand think about moving the calf muscle to pump the blood. Wear compression: Compression stockings can be comfortable and look good. Elevate your feet: Get your feet above your heart several times a day. Wear sunscreen: Spider veins will pigment darker with sun exposure.
SPIDER VEIN TREATMENT – Sclerotherapy and Surface Laser
Spider veins are best treated with sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy involves injecting a special chemical into the vein. The injections are performed with a fine needle and are easily tolerated by most people. The chemical causes the blood vessel to be inflamed. The inflammation causes the blood vessels to look red and angry post injection. The inflammation also makes the walls of the blood vessel stick together. The blood vessel will no longer hold blood. Eventually, the blood vessel is absorbed by the body. Multiple sclerotherapy treatments may be needed.
After the procedure you may experience itching. You will wear a compression stocking for 3 to 7 days. Your exercise routine will be limited for about a week. Otherwise, you can expect to return to your normal routine immediately.
Also, the smaller veins can also be targeted with a surface laser. At Lakeshore Veins we often combine sclerotherapy with surface laser treatments for best cosmetic results.
Excellent vein care! Dr. Bartel and her staff are very professional compassionate and caring. I waited ten years to finally be able to have my veins taken care of. I had leg pain, heaviness and bulging veins which I inherited. I am so thankful to have found Dr. Bartel. From the moment I met her she made me feel very cared for and I knew she would do everything she could to resolve my vein problems. I had both of my legs done and they both feel so much better. A very huge plus for me is that my legs both look better too! No more ugly bulging veins! I Should be able to wear shorts this summer :) Thank you Dr. Bartel and all of your staff for being so wonderful! I highly recommend Dr. Bartel at Lakeshore Veins, no need to look any where else!
00:23 19 Jul 21
5 stars for Doc and her team! I cannot say enough about my great experience, from beginning to end. Dr. Bartel was personable and explained exactly what my circumstances were and how she was going to remedy them. Doc preformed vein ablation and scleratherapy in April 2021, and since then,I’ve had no more pain in my legs, and I feel confident wearing shorts again. All of the staff is friendly and made me feel very comfortable over the duration of my visits, and eased my nervousness during my procedures. I highly recommend Lakeshore Veins!
19:52 09 Mar 21
If I could give 6 stars, I would. I have a had a wonderful experience with Lakeshore Veins and staff. They have helped my legs feel better. I definitely would recommend this place it is tops. Great people
11:19 01 Mar 21
I have been suffering with issues in my lower legs for years. I've been to several doctors for chronic pain, swelling, itching, spider veins, varicose veins and recurring infections. Previous doctors attempted to treat the superficial symptoms, with limited success. I had nearly accepted that these issues were going to be with me for life. I had become too embarrassed to wear shorts. Then I was referred to Lakeshore Veins. Dr. Bartel, Jenny and the rest of their staff have been nothing short of amazing! They promptly diagnosed the root cause of my issues and for the first time I felt hope that relief was possible. Everything was explained in great detail, from my first visit through my procedure and beyond. Dr. Bartel and Jenny took the time to offer reassurance and answer any questions along the way. Nothing was ever rushed and I felt completely at ease throughout my experience. In fact, between my ultrasound and my initial procedure, I had the misfortune of an injury to my ankle in an area where my symptoms were the worst. Jenny went above and beyond, checking on me outside of normal business hours. She then made sure my procedure was scheduled as soon as possible to help ease the severe pain in my ankle. After merely my first procedure, the pain and swelling in my ankle was gone! I can't wait to see how things progress as I finally begin to heal from years of damage. I would highly recommend Lakeshore Vein to anybody. This has been the best medical experience I have ever had!
17:21 08 Feb 21
I made an appointment at Lakeshore Veins because I was having problems with my leg, and it was the BEST decision I have ever made. I was a bit nervous but upon entering I was immediately put at ease by Leah at the front desk, she was fantastic. When I was called in, Jenny, and Joy completely diagnosed my problem, and passed the info on to Dr. Bartel. Dr. Bartel explained everything to me in wonderful detail, laid out a plan, and soon my issues will be taken care of. If you have any vein issues this is DEFINITELY the place to go. Thank you Dr. Bartel, and your amazing staff for everything you did...you are all 5 stars for sure. One last thing I had some questions, and Melissa handled them with ease. An awesome place for sure!!!
17:48 19 Jan 21
01:00 03 Oct 20
Dr Bartel, Jenny, and Joy, and the entire team of professionals are exceptional at what they do. They clearly are the best vein specialists, and love helping people. My leg cramps and discomfort had been getting worse every year. They made me feel very comfortable throughout my procedures, and I was confident in their skills from start to finish. I would highly recommend Dr Bartel to anyone with leg vein problems.
19:35 26 Jun 19
I am very satisfied with the evaluation and treatment that I received at Lakeshore Veins. Dr. Anne Bartel and staff are very competent as well as welcoming and understanding! I spent quite a while seeking help before finding them, as I had bi-lateral, severely incompetent Greater Saphenous Veins, as well as DVT issues, one very extensive, in my left leg. At some point, the DVT dissolved, so I was able to have Radio Frequecy Ablation for the CVI. I had pain, swelling and itching, and could not find relief. I had seen several Vein Specialists, and was evaluated at Mayo Clinic in the Vascular Clinic, earlier this year, and was told then that the extensive DVT was gone, and they recommended Horse Chestnut supplementation, as well as possible Chemical Ablation, and doing research on that is what led me to Dr Bartel and Lakeshore Veins. I like it very much that Dr Bartel uses Ultra Sound to evaluate the progress of healing and any inflammation present. I received treatment in Mid-May this year, and just had my one month follow-up appointment. The pain is mostly gone, the itching is mostly gone, and the swelling is gone, plus I am in knee-high stockings, instead of thigh highs! And I look down and recognize my legs once again!! Yay! I trust Dr Bartel to do what needs to be done, but NOT MORE! Thank you, Dr. Bartel and staff...Jen, Jody, Joy and Palmira!
Abby Kaye Paul
01:34 21 Mar 19
I cannot say enough of about the team and the doctors. I have had such an amazing experience, it too bad we only see them once every so often.
16:00 11 Feb 19
Dr. Bartel and the entire professional staff at Lakeshore Veins are phenomenal. People from other medical providers should come and watch these professionals and learn from them.I initially went for a consultation with Dr. Bartel, unsure of what outcomes I could expect. My previous vein doctor was unable to provide me with any recommendations to relieve the long-standing and almost intolerable pain that I was experiencing. I was left feeling that no relief would ever be available to me.I was hesitant as I approached my initial visit to Lakeshore veins. The welcoming atmosphere immediately made me feel at ease and confident that help was on its way. After the preliminary ultrasound, Dr. Bartel provided a thorough explanation of the vein system and identified the exact location and cause of the pain I was experiencing. She identified the intervention options to me and assured me that I would experience a very positive outcome.Her professional expertise, confidence, compassion and kindness helped to ease my fears. I immediately felt confident and scheduled my needed procedure. Lakeshore Veins staff provided the support I needed to navigate the needed approval from my insurance provider.The procedure was successful and the staff was available to me 24 hours a day with questions that I had relative to my aftercare.I would not hesitate to recommend the services of Lakeshore Veins and Dr. Bartel. My pain is virtually gone and I once again am able to participate in so many of my everyday physical activities. I am very grateful.Thank you Dr. Bartel and staff
22:23 08 Feb 19
Dr. Bartel and her team provided excellent care during two ablation and rounds of sclerotherapy. Dr. Bartel is compassionate and strives for perfection in her work. Her team is friendly, personable and knowledgeable. Despite moving two hours away between procedures, I’ve found that Lakeshore Veins was well worth the drive for their top notch care and expertise!
19:13 16 Jan 19
I can’t say enough good things about Dr. Bartel and her staff at Lakeshore Veins!I am a young female who was previously told there was nothing that could be done to the varicose veins that had begun in both my legs, besides the traditional usage of support stockings to assist in relieving the heaviness and pain. The stockings only masked my symptoms without taking care of the underlying problem.I decided to take matters into my own hands and researched other treatments as I feared my condition worsening. I stumbled across Lakeshore Veins and my life changed! A consult with ultrasound revealed just how poorly my legs were returning circulation from my legs to my heart. Dr. Bartel assured me she could do a simple procedure (radiofrequency ablation of the saphenous vein) that would ultimately remove the heaviness and also unsightly vein bulging from my legs. They worked quickly to get me in before the end of the year and I got both legs done within a day of each other.The ablation procedure was relatively quick and painless. I was even cleared to return to work after both procedures. Recovery was very tolerable and quick.It has now been 2 years post procedure and my legs are still doing great! Pain, heaviness and swelling are gone, and the confidence I have in how my legs look is immeasurable! No more unsightly vein bulging!If you are waiting to put off taking care of the varicose veins in your legs, I ask that you please reconsider! Dr. Bartel and her staff at Lakeshore Veins are professional, competent and friendly. Your vein health is in good hands here!
19:34 19 Dec 18
Outstanding professional and compassionate care! Dr. Bartel's thoroughness and expertise quickly identified I had a rare syndrome at my first visit which several specialists I had seen had missed altogether. Sounds a bit silly, but Dr. Bartel and staff were so welcoming and caring, I felt like the entire purpose of the clinic was to be there just to care for me. I live 80 miles from Lakeshore and was more than happy to travel that distance for the care I received. Thanks Dr. Bartel and Staff!!
18:56 28 Aug 18
I do not write reviews, but I was so happy with my care at Lakeshore Veins I felt I needed to share. Dr Bartel, Jenny and the rest of the staff are so caring and knowledgeable. I felt very comfortable from my first visit on. My procedures went very well and I could not be more pleased with the results. Do not hesitate to contact Lakeshore Veins for your needs.
19:21 12 Jun 18
Excellent doctor, treatment, service. Staff and doctor were great to deal with. Doctor gave unbiased recommendations (I'm in a similar field so I know a little about it). She was very willing to work with me and my specific needs. I had no complications and results were excellent with no more leg pain. I have a friend I advised to not go to a different vein "specialist" in the metro area and my friend ended up with complications and unhappy. I was very happy with Dr. Bartel.