Approximately half of the women in America struggle with the appearance of spider veins. However, this problem is not experienced by just women; up to 45% of all men develop vein diseases like spider veins or varicose veins.
Spider veins are those localized clusters of purple, red, and blue veins that sit just beneath the skin. Medically known as telangiectasia, is the “branching,” jagged appearance of veins, similar to webbing, hence being called spider veins. Spider veins can be problematic because they often develop on highly visible areas, such as the face or the legs. Additionally, many people notice that they seem to spread exponentially over the years, eventually covering larger areas.
What Causes Spider Veins?
The reason that spider veins develop is because blood backs up in a localized area. This is why we often see this problem in the lower extremities. Weakness in the vascular valves enables blood to pool in certain vessels. When this accumulation of blood occurs in smaller, superficial veins, we see the discolored webbing of the veins on the surface.
Causes of spider veins include:
Prolonged sitting or standing on a regular basis, such as for work
Pregnancy and other conditions that affect hormonal balance
No special diagnostic testing is typically necessary to identify spider veins. A physical examination and observation of the skin usually leads to an accurate diagnosis.
A laser is a highly focused beam of light that becomes heat and damages a vein, which makes scar tissue form. This scar tissue closes the vein. A closed vein loses its source of blood and dies. The presence of spider veins can be quite frustrating, no worries, we have the perfect laser treatment that will eliminate these veins right in front of your eyes. Even though it is not very common, in case you need a second treatment or touch up, it should be done after four or five weeks of your first session.
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