Spider Vein Treatment
Resolve damaged veins or burst blood vessels
Spider veins can be blue, purple, or red. They may appear in the form of thin lines, webs, or branches. People sometimes also refer to them as thread veins. A range of treatment options can remove spider veins or reduce their appearance.
Spider veins, or thread veins, are smaller than varicose veins. They are usually red. They may look like tree branches or spider webs. Spider veins can usually be seen under the skin, but they do not make the skin bulge out like varicose veins do. Spider veins are usually found on the legs or the face.
In the legs, spider veins can occur when the valves inside the veins stop working correctly. Veins carry blood back to the heart. To prevent blood from flowing backward, they contain a one-way valve that closes once the blood passes through it.
Spider veins on the face are often the result of tiny blood vessels bursting. Increased pressure or sun damage can cause these to
Factors that can increase a person’s risk of developing spider veins include:
Genetics: Up to 90% of people with spider veins have
a family history of them.
Pregnancy: An increase in blood flow and the extra weight of the fetus on leg veins during pregnancy may cause spider veins.
Gender: Spider veins occur in 41% of females ages 50 years and older. They tend to affect females almost twice as much
Age: The valves in veins tend to get weaker over time. The calf muscles, which help support the veins in the legs and enable them to pump blood upward, may also lose some of their strength as a person ages.
Having overweight: Extra body weight can place added pressure on leg veins. Hormones: Hormonal birth control and hormonal treatments for menopause may increase the risk of spider veins. This is because estrogen can weaken vein valves.
Sitting or standing for extended periods: Veins in the legs have to work harder to pump blood up toward the heart when a person remains in the same position for more than 4 hours.
A healthcare professional can use a laser to treat small spider veins close to the skin’s surface. The laser is a strong, focused beam of light that causes the spider vein to clot and dry up.
Spider veins result from damaged veins or burst blood vessels. They are typically painless and do not cause health problems, but some people may wish to treat them for cosmetic reasons. A variety of treatment options can help improve the appearance of spider veins or remove them altogether.
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