Reticular Veins

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James G. McPherson, III, MD, MPH, FACS

Specializing In The Treatment of Cosmetic and Medical Vein Therapy

Dr. McPherson is board certified in general and cardiothoracic surgery and performs all aspects of adult cardiac, general thoracic, and peripheral vascular surgery to treat Reticular Veins.

What Are Reticular Veins?

Most people have heard of varicose veins and spider veins but not reticular veins.

Reticular veins are 1- 4 mm in size and don’t pop out of the skin as varicose veins do. They are bigger than spider veins but smaller than varicose veins.

Reticular veins are often blue or purple in color. They look like a cluster of blemishes and commonly affect the following areas:

  • The inner thighs
  • Lower legs
  • Ankles
  • Face

These veins can become spider veins if left untreated

There are two main procedures that can treat reticular veins: Sclerotherapy and surface laser therapy. Both therapies are noted to have a high rate of success and patient satisfaction.

80% of all adults suffer from reticular veins, making them a very common condition worldwide.


What Causes Reticular Veins?

Reticular veins are signs of an underlying vein-related problem. Hormone imbalances, weak veins, and genetics all play a role. They occur when veins become dilated, allowing the blood inside to flow backward. This causes an increase in pressure, which then forces the vein to enlarge. They then become an unappealing shade of blue or green due to the marbled lines beneath the skin. The enlarged veins are damaged or weakened as a result.

Since these veins can feed into existing spider veins, they are also known as feeder veins.

Common symptoms include:

  • Itching
  • Aching
  • Fatigue
  • Discomfort
  • Burning
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Tenderness

Who Is at Risk of Developing Reticular Veins?

The biggest risk factors are:

  • Being overweight
  • Being diabetic
  • Having high blood pressure
  • Being a smoker
  • Being pregnant
  • Being over the age of 50
  • Being inactive
  • Having excess UV damage to the skin

Can You Inherit Reticular Veins?

While venous insufficiency is the biggest indicator of this condition, having a family member with this condition can be an indicator that you have a higher risk of developing reticular veins.



Are Reticular Veins Dangerous?

Most reticular veins are aesthetically unpleasant and not harmful in any way. They can indicate a strong likelihood of having a venous condition, however.

No One In My Family Has Reticular Veins, Am I at Risk?

Even people without a family history are vulnerable. People that undergo great physical trauma to the leg area are susceptible to this condition.

Is There A Minimally Invasive Treatment for This Condition? I Don’t Want Scars

Surface laser therapy is the most minimally invasive procedure that can address reticular veins. Lasers do not hurt the nearby tissues.

How Long Does Sclerotherapy Take?

20-30 minutes are required on average. It may require multiple sessions to see lasting results.

What Does Sclerotherapy Involve?

This procedure involves anesthesia and being injected with a special chemical. This compound acts on your veins to seal it off from the rest of the healthy veins in the limb. Then the affected vein shrinks down until it is completely absorbed by the body.

Schedule a Consultation

If you suspect you have reticular veins and would like a professional consultation, contact Southern California Vein Center today to schedule a consultation. Our team can provide you with the professional medical care you need.

Dr. McPherson’s Tips!

Varicose veins result from increased pressure in the legs. This results in pooling of blood in the valves of the leg veins. This causes the veins to bulge and become bluish in color. Some patients have vein disease in the absence of visible varicose veins. They often complain of leg fatigue, heaviness, and swelling. Many of these patients have dark discoloration of the legs, very thin skin, and sometimes ulcers.
Risk factors for developing varicose veins include people who spend a lot of time on their feet, women who have had one or more children, obesity, and a family history of varicose veins.

If you have one or more of these risk factors, early use of compression stockings may prevent you from developing varicose veins. Elevation of the legs when sitting is also a helpful preventative measure.

Dr. McPherson strives to deliver the best reticular vein treatment Ventura has to offer. Dr. McPherson’s patients range from all over Los Angeles and Ventura county. Your treatment will be performed in Dr. McPherson’s surgery center located in Oxnard, CA, just outside of Ventura.

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