As a condition it differs from varicose veins because they are small in diameter and are situated superficially on the skin. Spider veins are likely to be assosicated with varicose veins.
The first symptom of reticulars is in fact the aesthetic image of the leg, which results in a negative self esteem of the patient and thus have an impact on his/ her life.
The symptoms, when there are any, is mainly the feeling of heaviness, itchiness, the sensation of itchiness, and rarely pain and edema around the ankles. Usually the patient has no symptoms in the morning but during the day the symptoms gradually worsen until the evening.
In the summer, due to the heat , the symptoms are more apparent. Lastly, reticulars are associated with restless feet, pain and cramping while the patient sleeps.
Reticulars are apparent, dilated veins on the skin that have blue or red color. We can see the dilated veins that are bigger than the rest through the skin, that end on the reticulars. They are situated on different parts of the legs, from the outer part of the thigh and the knee, to the inner part of the thigh.
Even though the reticulars are apparent an examination and diagnosis from a vascular surgeon are essential in order to conclude to the most efficient treatment for each patient.
The techniques used for the treatment of the reticulars vary, and usually there is a combination of treatments, always depending each patients problem.
For the relief of the symptoms and the rehabilitation of the appearance of the lower extremities the techniques we can use, according to each case, are sclerotherapy, sclerotherapy with foam, derma laser and thermocouples.
The number of sessions that are necessary for the treatment depends on the extent of the problem and on how the reticulars react to the treatment. The average sessions for each leg are 3-4 and their duration extents from 30 to 60 minutes.
After every session the patient can continue his/ her day normally. It is expected that the patient experiences some bruising or a mild irritation that goes away after 10-15 days.
Last but not least, a typical time table for a treatment of a average 90%-95% on both legs, requires two sessions per month, and last for approximately 3 months.