When patients visit our vein center for spider vein treatment or varicose vein treatment, they often wonder if their unsightly veins will return after treatment is completed.

No, they won’t, but it might look they do. That’s because the original, damaged veins are obliterated by vein treatment. However, over time, other veins may become damaged and enlarged, creating new spider veins or varicose veins. Whether this happens to you depends largely on your genetics.

The good news is that whenever those unwanted veins pop up, our Modesto vein doctors can take care of them right away. Once you’ve received vein treatment with us, we’ll help you keep an eye on any developing spider veins or varicose veins and take immediate action. By treating the veins early, when they’re still small, we can use simpler, quicker treatment methods to prevent those veins from ever becoming an eyesore.

In addition, with a comprehensive evaluation, we can determine whether you have an underlying problem that could cause more spider or varicose veins to appear. For instance, due to genetics, some people have poorly functioning valves in the deeper veins of their legs. This condition isn’t dangerous, but if left untreated, it will most likely create more varicose and spider veins.

In order to check the valves of your deeper leg veins, our Patterson vascular surgeons can use special ultrasound technology. This noninvasive, pain-free test uses sound waves to form images of the veins in your legs. This allows us to examine the valves in those veins and look for any signs of trouble. If we find any valves that aren’t working well, we can take proactive steps to correct the problem and prevent the formation of varicose veins.

Our vein specialists can work with you to prevent varicose veins where possible, but sometimes, varicose and spider veins appear despite our best efforts. After all, there’s only so much we can do to combat the combined effects of genetics, gravity and aging. But when those unwanted veins do pop up, we can certainly step in with minimally invasive procedures to help you get rid of those unsightly lines and regain your smooth, youthful appearance.