When blood vessels become irritated or injured, or when they malfunction, you may see them popping up all over. Tiny, discolored spider veins can show up anywhere on the body and they’re typically a superficial problem. If you see larger veins bulging out beneath the skin on your lower legs, these are varicose veins popping out. The bulging, 3D effect occurs when blood backs up due to leaky valves within the vein. Minimally invasive varicose and spider vein treatments can solve these problems.
Spider Vein Treatments for Annoying, Reddened Skin
Capillaries are the smallest blood vessels in your body and part of your circulatory system. Clusters of broken capillaries (another term for spider veins) are most often found on the face. Besides the nose and cheeks, you also often find them on the chest and legs. In some cases, it may appear that you’re "red in the face" due to sunburn—and, in fact, getting too much sun is one of the causes of "spidery veins". These tiny veins may look like permanent skin irritation. It may even look like you’re constantly blushing.
When you look closer, however, you may see that the facial redness is actually a fine “web” of discolored capillary segments. These veins, about the size of tiny eyelashes, can show through the skin to give it a reddish, uneven cast. Rather than being embarrassed about skin redness, trying to hide it behind your hair or cover it with make-up, let your vascular doctor provide lasting vein treatments.
What Causes Spider and Varicose Veins?
Vascular problems typically come from a combination of causes related to excess pressure, injury and/or vein weakness. Contributing factors may include:
- Vein weakness due to aging.
- Family history of vein problems.
- Hormonal fluctuations at puberty, pregnancy, menopause and/or when taking birth control pills or hormonal therapies.
- Pregnancy’s temporary increase in blood volume and weight (center of gravity) shifts.
- Excess body weight (obesity), which pressure on veins.
- Injury to skin or deeper body tissues.
- Sedentary lifestyle, especially when sitting with legs crossed.
- Standing in one position continually.
- UV exposure, which may be a factor in spider vein development.
Vein Treatment Options for Spider and Varicose Veins
Modern spider vein treatment options can eliminate those annoying “webs” to diminish skin redness and help even out your skin tone. For spider or varicose veins, your vein doctor may recommend sclerotherapy, surface laser vein treatment, endovenous laser ablation (EVLT) and/or micro-phlebectomy. Treatment choice depends upon the size and location of the abnormal vein(s). You may need touch-up treatments as new veins form, to keep your skin looking great and provide symptom relief.
Banish Spider Veins at Our King of Prussia Vein Clinic
Even if the appearance of these spider or varicose veins doesn’t concern you, you should check with your vein doctor to assess your overall vascular health. The more serious vascular problems may not show on the surface, but your vein specialist can diagnose any issues with a quick exam and painless ultrasound. Get advanced, effective spider vein treatment at our Vascular Medicine Center in King of Prussia, VA. Contact us today.