Persistent reticular veins after sclerotherapy sessions over few years. (photos)
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Recurring Reticular Veins
Recurring reticular veins.
I treat reticular veins daily and this is completely normal. Most of the time there is no saphenous insufficiency and it is probably just a small branch feeding the skin in that area that presents with some reflux. Endovenous ablation is not an option and sclerotherapy stays the gold standard treatment for those veins. You should find a clinic where the doctor use an ultrasound himself, not one that works on a report made by someone else. These little branches can be hard to find on hi-def ultrasound but can be easily injected at time of treatment.
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Recurrent reticular veins
I can't tell how recent the ultrasound study of your legs is. If it's been more than a year, I would recommend you have the study repeated. When you ask about endovenous ablation, I assume you're talking about endovenous laser or radio frequency devices that are used for the saphenous veins. Those are not suitable for use directly on the reticular veins, and should not be used on a saphenous vein that is competent (no venous insufficiency).A cutaneous laser can be used to treat spider and reticular veins, but will not keep them from recurring and becomes more uncomfortable with the larger veins.Venous insufficiency, whether it involves the saphenous veins or just the small, more superficial reticular and spider veins, is a chronic disorder. You will always be prone to developing new ones. Your best bet is to be sure there is no saphenous insufficiency with a current ultrasound exam, use compression stockings when you can to keep venous pressures low and slow the progress of venous insufficiency, and treat the veins that bother you as they occur.