If you have clusters of veins on your legs or face that appear reddish, purplish, or bluish, they are called spider veins. They get their name because they are close to the skin’s surface and look somewhat like a spider’s web. While most people associate this condition with older women, the truth is that they can appear at a young age, and they affect around 30% to 60% of both men and women. In some cases, they can be painful, or they are just bothersome due to their appearance.
Spider veins can appear due to an injury to the area, but there other factors, including:
>> Heredity – Spider veins typically run in families.
>> Age – As you age, the veins weaken and don’t pump the blood back up the legs as well.
>> Pregnancy and Menopause – Changes in hormones or the use of birth control can contribute to the appearance.
>> Sunlight – Those with light or fair skin often notice them on their cheeks after being out in the sun.
>> Prolonged Sitting or Standing – If spend several hours per day standing, or you often sit with your legs curled up underneath you, it can cause this issue.
>> Weight Fluctuations – If you are heavier, or you often lose weight and gain it back it can cause these veins.
No matter what the cause of your spider veins, you likely find them unsightly. If so, there are treatments available that can erase them so that your skin is once again smooth and unblemished.
One of the most popular removal options is sclerotherapy, which is an injection that is given directly into the veins. This solution causes the vein to shrink and dry up, which causes them to slowly fade and disappear. Most people experience very little pain or discomfort during the treatment, but there may be some itching, burning, or discoloration afterwards.
Sclerotherapy is a great option for people that have larger spider veins, but if you are pregnant or have had blood clots in the past, you will need to try alternative methods. You should also expect to wear compression stockings after treatment for the best results, and to avoid bruising.
If you have smaller spider veins, or you are treating the ones on your face, laser treatment may be the better option. During this procedure, a handheld laser is passed over the veins, and it causes the blood to coagulate. When this happens, the affected veins dry up and get absorbed into the body. While the procedure itself causes little to no pain, the treated areas can become red, and some may even experience bruising. All of these effects typically go away in a few weeks.
Both treatment options are safe, effective, and require no downtime, but there are some things you need to keep in mind. Both treatments typically require multiple sessions in order to remove all of the veins, and you will not see immediate results. This is due to the veins needing to dry up, which can take a bit of time. However, once the treatments are completed, the veins will disappear.
If you are seeking treatment for spider veins that are uncomfortable, your insurance may cover the procedure. During your initial free consultation, your doctor will be able to help you determine whether you can use your insurance for treatment. Spider veins are unsightly, and for some, they are even painful. If you are tired of keeping your legs covered, or wearing large amounts of concealer to hide your facial spider veins, contact us today for a free consultation at 714-832-2222.