Spider veins are red, blue or purple blood vessels that tend to appear in groups or webs. They can look like bursts of light, tree branches or straight lines. No matter how these veins appear, they can detract from your surrounding healthy skin and lead you to cover up arms or legs. Facial telangiectasias may appear on the nose and across the face, marring your skin and causing self-consciousness. Spider veins may also cause aching, heaviness in the area, and easily fatigued legs, with these symptoms growing worse throughout the day.
Diagnosing spider veins is simpler than varicose veins. If you see noticeable veins that fit the patterns described above, get in touch to learn more. Liquid or foam sclerotherapy, in addition to superficial laser vein therapy, are excellent ways to treat spider veins without downtime.
Spider Vein Symptoms
- Dull aching throughout an area of the leg, especially after hours of standing
- Throbbing or cramping at night
- Fatigued legs
- Burning or tingling skin
Common Causes of Spider Veins
Spider veins are often induced by hormonal fluctuations, appearing during pregnancy and worsening during menstruation. The spider veins themselves don’t cause pain, but the deeper feeder veins that lead out to them may cause discomfort. Like varicose veins, spider veins are more common in women than men.
Spider veins and varicose veins are not linked to one another, but they do arise from many of the same causes. Typical triggers for spider veins include:
- Fair skin
- Veins that are too close to surface of the skin
- Low body weight or thin frame
- Aging causing the fat layer to thin
- Hormonal fluctuations from birth control, menstruation or menopause
- Pregnancy, from blood volume increasing
- Heart disease
- Extended periods of stress
Effective Treatments for Spider Veins
It is possible to try conservative home treatments like compression therapy, regular exercise and changing habits to reduce pressure in the legs. If these aren’t making a difference to spider veins, professional treatments will. The best options include
- Laser therapy – Laser treatment targets blood just underneath the skin to collapse vessel walls. The spider vein is processed by the body and the appearance improves gradually. This treatment has no downtime and is possible for a wide variety of candidates. Laser therapy is ideal for small spider veins that would be difficult to inject.
- Sclerotherapy – During sclerotherapy, Dr. Muasher injects a solution into a spider vein to cause its collapse. The vein then turns to a scar and eventually fades. This is appropriate for larger spider veins that are easy to see beneath the skin.
To learn which treatment option Dr. Muasher recommends for your spider veins, simply schedule an assessment. Don’t put up with veins that cause discomfort or embarrassment – discover relief today.