What are spider veins?
Spider veins are medically known as telangiectasias. These tiny blood vessels that you can see on the skin’s surface can show up on your face or legs. They are tangled and twisted, much like tree branches or spider webs. Spider veins have a bluish or reddish hue.
What are the symptoms of spider veins?
Spider veins can be cosmetically bothersome. In some people, they also cause physical discomfort in the legs like:
Treatment erases spider veins to reveal smooth skin and alleviates any associated pain.
What causes spider veins?
Spider veins develop when the one-way valves in small veins that sit just under the skin stop working correctly. Blood flow slows, so you get a backup in these areas and see the visible veins under your skin.
Spider veins commonly occur in the legs because the valves there are more likely to fail; they have to work extra hard to pump blood back to the heart.
Anyone can develop spider veins, but you’re particularly vulnerable when you:
- Undergo hormonal changes
- Are pregnant
- Are overweight or obese
- Have a history of extensive sun exposure
If people in your family tend to develop spider veins, you will too.
How can I reduce the appearance of spider veins?
Lifestyle changes like losing weight and avoiding long periods of standing or sitting without moving can help you find relief from spider veins. Prevent their development by wearing support pantyhose or socks and being active regularly.
How are spider veins treated?
If you have pain and swelling associated with your spider veins, medical-grade compression stockings help promote normal blood flow and offer relief.
You may also benefit from sclerotherapy, which involves injecting a solution into the faulty veins, so they collapse and disappear. The injections are done with a very small needle and usually don’t require any anesthesia. You are in and out of the office in less than an hour. Some people need multiple sclerotherapy treatments to get rid of their spider veins fully.
Severe spider veins may require endovenous laser treatment. During this procedure, laser energy is directed right into the faulty vein. The energy destroys the spider vein and directs blood flow to a healthier vein nearby.
If you’re bothered by spider veins, contact Louisiana Heart & Vascular Institute Vein Care Centers today for treatment. Use the online tool to make an appointment or call the friendly staff.