• 21 JAN 19
    What are spider veins? Causes and treatments

    What are spider veins? Causes and treatments

    Spider veins are an aesthetic problem that affects millions of women.

    These are dilatations of the capillary vessels that appear in the dermis of the legs, especially on the outside, so that their appearance is reminiscent of the branches of a tree or the legs of a spider (that is why they are called spider veins). Although they do not pose a risk to health, they affect aesthetics and can generate complexes for those who suffer from them. In some cases, they can also cause some mild symptoms such as heaviness in the legs, tiredness…

    They are similar to varicose veins, but unlike these, spider veins are smaller and do not cause pain. However, they are sometimes a symptom of the onset of varicose veins, so it is always advisable to go to the doctor to study and diagnose each case.

    Currently there are several minimally invasive treatments that do not require surgery or hospitalization to solve this aesthetic problem, among which we find treatments with microfoam, laser treatment, radiofrequency thermocoagulation…

    Causes of spider veins

    The main causes of the appearance of spider veins are the following:

    1. Hereditary factor: genetic inheritance plays an important role in the appearance of spider veins, so that a woman has a high probability of suffering from them if other women of the same family had them.
    2. Pregnancy: the variations in the hormonal levels that take place during pregnancy can worsen the blood circulation and consequently cause the appearance of spider veins.
    3. Spend a lot of time sitting or standing, as this increases the pressure to which the walls of the veins are subjected, which can cause the formation of spider veins.

    Treatments to remove spider veins and varicose veins

    As we have already mentioned, the reason to eliminate spider veins is fundamentally aesthetic. For this, the first thing that is done is to perform a prior medical diagnosis by a specialist to determine what is the best treatment in each case.

    Among the treatments usually performed to eliminate spider veins are the following:

    • Sclerotherapy with microfoam: in this treatment, a chemical substance (microfoam) is injected into the small blood vessels affected, so that they are sealed and, as blood does not flow through them, these veins heal and disappear over time.
    • Laser treatment: in this case a laser is used to eliminate spider veins, sending laser bursts through the skin to small superficial veins that have dilated to form spider veins. Currently laser treatments are a very effective solution for the elimination of spider veins, giving excellent results.
    • Radiofrequency thermocoagulation: this procedure is performed by very small needles that are applied locally to heat-seal radiofrequency affected blood vessels.

    All these treatments are performed on an outpatient basis, so that after the session the patient can return home the same day. When the problem is mild and is not widespread, spider veins can be eliminated in a single session, but if the extension is larger it may be necessary to perform several treatment sessions spaced in time to eliminate them completely.

    Treatment of spider and varicose veins at Vithas Xanit International Hospital

    At Vithas Xanit International Hospital we have the best specialists in aesthetic medicine, as well as in the treatment of problems of venous insufficiency, which allow us to offer our patients the best results in the elimination of both spider veins and varicose veins. Contact us for more information or make an appointment.

Department Patient Care
Xanit International Hospital

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Medical Specialities

  • Hair Transplantation Unit

    At Vithas Xanit we offer the most advanced technology for hair transplantation surgery and for non surgical treatments. We attend both men and women, suffering from any capillary loss, either on the scalp or in any other body area (beard, moustache, eyebrows or eyelashes).

  • Cosmetic Surgery and Anti Aging

    Cosmetic Surgery and Anti Aging

    At Hospital Vithas Xanit Internacional, the Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery Unit helps patients to feel good about themselves.
    The latest medical technology and our doctors and surgeons’ perfectionism are key factors in terms of patient satisfaction with the results of their cosmetic surgery or treatment. Liposuction, breast enlargements, rhinoplasty and tummy tucks are among the most applied treatments.

  • Dental surgery and Cosmetic Dentistry

    Dental surgery and Cosmetic Dentistry

    Our dentists carry out your dental surgery and/or dental treatment quickly and efficiently.
    At Hospital Vithas Xanit Internacional, we guarantee high quality dental treatments such as dental surgery (dental implants, sinus lift) or cosmetic dentistry treatments (dental crown, dental bridge, veneers, dentures, etc.).

  • Orthopedic Surgery and Trauma

    Orthopedic Surgery and Trauma

    Orthopedic surgery quality and prices vary from country to country and Spain combines the best of both worlds.
    The most requested health tourism orthopedic surgeries are hip replacement and knee replacement. At Hospital Vithas Xanit Internacional, these procedures are performed using arthroscopy and Minimally Invasive Techniques (MIS).

  • Heart Surgery

    Heart Surgery

    Our Vithas Xanit Cardiology Area is an international benchmark for heart diseases. It boasts cardiologist and specialist heart surgeon on conditions such as arrhythmia, implanting pacemakers, angioplasty, heart bypass, repair to the aortic valve and mitral valve, heart valve replacement and percutaneous mitral valve repair.

  • Obesity treatment and Bariatric Surgery

    Obesity treatment and Bariatric Surgery

    Obesity is considered to be one of Western countries’ major health issues and consequently the demand for bariatric surgery is on the up, particularly concerning gastric banding and gastric bypass
    Our surgeons have been widely trained in this area, with over 20 years’ experience in all bariatric surgeries. They are all done by laparoscopy.

  • Digestive Surgery – Gallbladder Surgery

    Digestive Surgery – Gallbladder Surgery

    The General Surgery and Digestive System Service at Hospital Vithas Xanit Internacional can boast the most advanced technology and latest generation equipment for treating a wide variety of digestive pathologies such as in gallbladder. This service offers advanced laparoscopy surgery as the main way of tackling most surgical pathologies.

  • Urology – TURP

    Urology – TURP

    The Hospital Vithas Xanit Internacional Urology service employs European Board of Urology-certified urologists. This unit offers patients the latest diagnosis techniques, treatments and procedures. At our International Hospital, Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP) is the most frequently used technique to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia.

  • Vascular Surgery – Phlebology

    Vascular Surgery – Phlebology

    Venous insufficiency is a chronic pathology that affects one in three adults. It is characterised by a deficient blood return in the lower limbs.
    Our International Hospital medical team has wide-ranging experience in sclerotherapy with micro-foam, varicose vein removal with endovascular laser, ambulatory phlebectomy and the C.H.I.V.A technique, among others.

  • Spinal Surgery

    Spinal Surgery

    Slipped discs and spinal stenosis usually affect the lumbar and cervical spine and the spinal surgery most requested by our international patients is laminectomy, as well as arthroplasty of the intervertebral disk and spinal fusion.

  • Ophtalmology and laser eye surgery

    Ophtalmology and laser eye surgery

    Our international hospital uses a new femtosecond laser, the most technologically advanced refractive surgery system currently available. It can correct long-sightedness and refractive defects such as short sightedness, astigmatism or hypermetropia in a single operation.
    The most popular ophthalmology surgeries among our international patients are laser eye surgery, glaucoma and cataract surgery.

  • Imaging Diagnosis

    Imaging Diagnosis

    Radiology and nuclear medicine are medical specialties that focus on the diagnosis of diseases through the interpretation of images. They provide fundamental information for the Medical Check-Up Unit. At Hospital Vithas Xanit Internationalthese two specialities are integrated into a single service in order to provide the maximum reliability and diagnostic coordination.

  • Medical check up

    Medical check up

    Evolving health concepts, greater longevity and technological developments mean that it is increasingly important to detect and make an early diagnosis on diseases and prevent them.
    Therefore, periodic health check-up is the most efficient and secure way of controlling your health.

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology – Hysterectomy

    Obstetrics and Gynecology – Hysterectomy

    Various conditions might lead to a hysterectomy or uterine ablation: uterine cancer, cervical cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, uterine prolapse, adenomyosis.
    This surgery can be traumatising for women and so the psychology department at Hospital Vithas Xanit Internacional helps women through this process.