the-411-on-spider-veinsWhat are Spider Veins?

While spider veins are highly common, that doesn’t help you look past them; they’re still extremely unattractive. Unlike varicose veins, spider veins are smaller and much closer to the skin and typically spread across your legs as you age. Oh, the joys of getting older! These reddish, bluish veins are often found in areas behind the knee.

Who gets them?

Like a lot of other medical conditions, spider veins can be hereditary. However, you’re still susceptible to them even if they don’t run in your family. Did you know your occupation could put you at risk for developing them? If your job requires a lot of standing time, such as nurses or teachers, you’re adding to the amount of pressure in the veins on your legs, which puts you at a higher risk for spider veins.

What are some symptoms of Spider Veins?

-Appearance of red/blue veins

-Swelling in the legs

-A feeling of heaviness in the legs

-Tired legs

What can you do to lower your risk?

Relieve some of the pressure. Alleviate the pressure you may be putting on your legs by eating a healthy diet to keep your weight down and by avoiding standing or sitting for long periods of time. If you must sit for long periods of time, try taking a walk every 30 minutes.

Let the blood flow. Exercise! It keeps the blood flowing. Go for a walk, a run and do some leg workouts to strengthen your leg muscles.

Get Support. Lightweight  compression stockings  are great for preventing and managing symptoms, and can also reduce swelling.

Kick back and relax. Elevating your feet higher than your heart can be very effective.

What can you do to treat existing spider veins?

 Sclerotherapy  is the most common treatment. This treatment involves injecting a solution into the vein that forces it to collapse, stopping the blood flow. The vein will then scar and fade after a few weeks. Ohmic Thermolysis (Vein Gogh) is used in the treatment of fine spider veins that are too small to inject.

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Sun Exposure - Varicose Veins


Summer is just right around the corner, which means people will be ditching the long pants and sweaters, and opting for shorts and tank tops. I think it’s safe to say we all know the effect the sun has on the skin, but can it also affect existing  spider veins ? The answer is yes; too much sun exposure can absolutely worsen the appearance of spider veins. In warmer temperatures, the veins dilate and enlarge. The sun ultimately breaks down the collagen beneath the skin and the blood vessels near the surface of the skin.

What is Collagen?

It’s a connective tissue that helps to maintain the body by holding the parts together. Collagen can be found in joints, tendons, ligaments, the eyes and the bones. When it comes to the skin and blood vessels, collagen provides strength and elasticity. When it begins to break down, the strength of the tissues decreases and the veins and arteries may even stretch more without returning back to normal.

How can you enjoy the sunshine while preventing damage to your spider veins?

Remember the last time you had sun burn? Try and remember how tight your skin is then and how uncomfortable it can be to move. When your skin is unable to move, so are the veins.

-If you are concerned about the appearance of spider veins on your legs, then you should definitely limit the amount of time spent in the sun. The sun’s rays are strongest during the hours of 10am and 2pm; it’s best to limit your sun exposure during that time period.

-Wearing pants will give you more coverage from the sun.

-Use sunscreen; apply 15 minutes before sun exposure and reapply at least every two hours to all exposed areas.

By taking these extra steps, you’ll be able to protect your legs from the sun.
Please call Premier Vein Specialists for  treatment of spider veins  at 717-412-7226 or contact us if you have any questions regarding your spider veins.

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There’s many vein doctors out there to choose from so why should you choose Dr. Mathai and Premier Vein Specialists?

Working with an experienced doctor and team allows for a worry-free experience from start to finish. As the Director and Leading Physician for Premier Vein Specialists, Dr. Mathai brings over 3 decades of experience to the practice. He is double Board Certified with the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and a Member of the American College of Phlebology.   As a Cardiac Surgeon and Phlebologist with his own practice, he focused on problems related to extremity veins. After 32 plus years, he decided to concentrate on Phlebotomy and has been doing so for over 7 years. 


With Dr. Mathai’s experience and his helpful team, he is able to suggest the best solution for your vein condition, whether that be a traditional procedure or a new procedure utilizing state-of-the-art technology.

Over 40 million people suffer from a venous disease including spider veins. In most cases, spider veins will cause you to become concerned with the appearance of your legs especially during the summer months. However, spider veins can also cause itching, swelling and aching in the legs.  While spider veins are treated as a cosmetic issue, healing the venous disease will provide you with legs that not only look better but feel better too.  With that being said, you might be wondering what treatment is available for this unattractive disease.

Sclerotherapy  is the most common spider vein treatment method and one that Premier Vein Specialists is able to accommodate. During this simple outpatient procedure, a chemical solution is injected into the small web-like veins. Since you can easily see these small purple or blue vessels which are close to the surface of the skin, the procedure is simple allowing you to walk-in and walk-out in about an hour.  There is no need for time off or rest after the procedure. Walking as much as possible is highly recommended.  It helps get the blood flowing and aids your body in the healing process.  Wearing compression stockings  after the procedure is recommended and helps your body absorb the veins we just treated. Although the incredible results of Sclerotherapy may take weeks or months to appear, your legs should feel better almost immediately.

Is Sclerotherapy right for you? Dr. Mathai and the team at  Premier Vein Specialists  want to identify your needs and help you improve your health and confidence.

A special message from Dr. Mathai himself, “Our staff is friendly and we like to think it is a welcoming environment. One of the reasons we offer a free evaluation screening appointment for spider veins is so that you get a chance to see what your situation is and see how you like it here at no risk.”

We invite you to visit Premier Vein Specialist and have a free screening.  Give us a call today!  717-412-7226

If anyone understands the importance of beauty, it’s celebrities who are constantly in the spotlight; people who are constantly being judged. We know that celebrities tend to undergo just about any and every treatment there is to look their best, even if it comes with a hefty price tag. What you should also know is that a disease such as varicose veins, doesn’t discriminate. Whether you’re a celebrity or not there is the possibility you will develop this unattractive condition on your legs.


5 celebrities who have battled varicose veins – you might be surprised to see who makes this list:

1. Britney Spears – We all know who she is. This popstar sought treatment for varicose veins in 2012.

2. Kristin Davis – This “Sex and the City” star had vein treatments done in 2008.

3. Janice Dickinson – Former “America’s Next Top Model” judge had dealt with varicose veins in her past.

4. Emma Thompson – “Love Actually” star underwent vein surgery in 2006 to remove varicosities.

5. Serena Williams – An athlete who is always on her legs, experienced a pulmonary embolism in 2011. Would you think an athlete who is in such great shape as she is would experience a vein disease?


Yes, stars as big as the ones above are also humans and deal with normal everyday crisis like we do. No matter how healthy they may seem, I think this definitely highlights the importance of a vein checkup.

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We know that both spider and varicose veins are unattractive, but do you know the difference between the two? Varicose veins are large, raised, swollen blood vessels that twist and turn, while spider veins are smaller, red, purple, and blue vessels that also twist and turn, looking more like spider webs. Both are caused by malfunctioning valves that cause blood to back up and twist the vein.

Though there can be many reasons as to why you develop spider or varicose veins, there are also many preventative measures to take to diminish the appearance and pain that may come with them.

What to do:

  • Listen to your body – Though most believe either vein condition is a cosmetic issue, there are also serious health concerns that one may experience: fatigue, leg swelling/itching, cramps. Be sure to contact your physician if you experience any of these symptoms.
  • Stay active – Keeping the blood flowing in the legs will reduce pressure and blood clots. Try activities such as walking, cycling or swimming.
  • Watch your weight – Maintaining a healthy weight may prevent either of these vein conditions by eliminating added pressure on the legs.
  • Wear Compression Stockings – This helps to elevate pressure to the veins by evenly distributing pressure amongst the legs.

What not to do:

  • Do not sit or stand for long periods of time – Keep your legs moving as being in the same position for an extended period of time can add pressure on the veins. To keep blood flowing, change positions every 30 minutes.
  • Don’t presume all treatments work the same for everyone – Vein damage can differ amongst individuals, meaning treatment may be different for all. Speak to your physician to determine the best treatment for yourself.
  • Avoid excessive heat – Heat increases vein swelling and leads to blood pooling. Keep the time spent  in heat to a minimum (hot baths, hot tubs, etc.).
  • Don’t believe all that you see in advertising – Be sure to do your research on physicians and treatments before going through with a procedure; false advertising claims are possible.

 Premier Vein Specialists, LLC  can treat your vein disease at one of their vein centers in Camp Hill, Hanover, or York.  

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Varicose veins affect up to 40 million Americans. What is a varicose vein? it’s a weakened, twisted, swollen vein that’s filled with blood. Many people who have them are often embarrassed of the appearance of their legs. But, that should be the least of their worries. For some, varicose veins can be much more than a cosmetic issue.

If you have varicose veins, you may experience unpleasant, challenging symptoms. With these symptoms, it can make it difficult to stand, walk, or take part in daily activities:

  • Achy, heavy pressure in your legs
  • Throbbing, muscle cramping and swelling in your legs
  • Extreme pain after sitting or standing for a long period of time
  • itching and bleeding
  • Discoloration of the skin
  • Skin ulcers

If you don’t treat these symptoms properly, you can have a serious medical condition on your hands.

Just because something can’t be seen on the surface, doesn’t mean it’s not there. These hidden dangers can sneak up on you when you least expect it. Be sure to pay attention to what you’re feeling, because it’s probably something more serious than you think. Visit our website for frequently asked questions about varicose veins. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms discussed, see your doctor right away.

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Buckwheat is one of the best natural sources of the flavonoid rutin. Foods rich in rutin are highly recommended by nutritionists to people with varicose veins. Rutin has the ability to promote vascular health. Some even think a lack of rutin in the diet may contribute to varicose and spider veins. See the recipe below, from www.healwithfood.org, for a nutritious choice that includes Buckwheat.


Servings: 2 (8 crepes)
2 eggs
1 1/4 cup of rice milk
2/3 cup buckwheat flour
1/3 cup quinoa flour
1 Tbsp. canola oil
1/2 tsp salt
Vegetable cooking spray, for frying
2 large bananas, sliced
Brown rice syrup, to serve
Beat eggs in a medium bowl. Add rice milk, buckwheat flour, quinoa flour, canola oil, and salt, and whisk until well combined.
Preheat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Spray with vegetable cooking spray.
For first crepe, pour about 1/3 cup of batter into skillet, rotating skillet quickly until bottom is evenly coated. Cook crepe on medium high heat for 1-2 minutes until bubbles appear. Flip over and cook for another 30 to 60 seconds, then remove from skillet.
Repeat previous step until batter is gone.
Serve crepes with banana slices and brown rice syrup.
Ginger & Cucumber Salad

In herbal medicine, Ginger is often used to treat varicose veins. It has the ability to dissolve fibrin in blood vessels and to improve circulation throughout. See the recipe below, from www.healwithfood.org, for a nutritious choice that includes Ginger.



Servings: 4


2 cucumbers, diced

2 tbsp rice wine vinegar

1 tsp agave nectar

1 tbsp canola oil

1/3 cup pickled ginger, drained

Chopped mint leaves, to taste

Salt, to taste



In a medium bowl, combine diced cucumbers and ginger.

Whisk together vinegar, agave nectar, canola oil, and mint leaves. Pour over cucumbers and ginger. Toss and season with salt. Let marinate refrigerated for 3 hours.

Divide onto plates, and garnish as desired.



Carrot & Avocado Salad

Both avocados and carrots contain two key vitamins for vascular health, Vitamins C and E. Avocados are also packed with natural nutrients that help fight off varicose veins, as well as a high concentration of glutathione, which protects the heart, veins, and arteries from oxidant damage.

See the recipe below, from www.healwithfood.org, for a nutritious choice that fights off varicose veins.

Servings: 2
1 large avocado, peeled, pitted and diced
4 medium carrots, peeled and grated
Dash of balsamic vinegar
Sunflower seeds, to taste
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
Combine avocado and grated carrots in a medium salad bowl. Sprinkle with sunflower seeds, salt, pepper, and balsamic vinegar.
Cover and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes before serving.


DR. MathaiChoosing a vein specialist can be difficult, especially among the stress of your vein condition and appearance. When choosing a vein specialist, it is important to consider the following qualities:


  • Working with an experienced doctor and team allows for a worry-free experience from start to finish. With an experienced team, the doctor is able to suggest the best solution for your vein condition, whether that be a traditional procedure or a new procedure utilizing state-of-the-art technology.

Area of Specialty

  • With various vein conditions, it is important verify that the Vein Specialist that you choose provides the proper treatment specific to your needs.

Personal Comfort

  • As with any visit to a doctor, your vein specialist should be no different; you should feel comfortable and welcomed by not only the Doctor but the entire staff at the practice

Dr. Mathai and the team at  Premier Vein Specialists  strive to fulfill the aforementioned qualities. A special message from Dr. Mathai himself, “Our staff is friendly and we like to think it is a welcoming environment. One of the reasons we offer a free evaluation screening appointment for spider veins is so that you get a chance to see what your situation is and see how you like it here at no risk.”

Call us today to discuss your options  ☎ 717-412-7226 .

Premier Vein Specialists Staff
Premier Vein Specialists Staff