Understanding Spider Veins and Their Treatment

 In General

The term spider veins refers to a medical condition named telangiectasias. For simplicity purposes, spider vein is the name that is used most often. Spider veins are groups of veins that develop near the surface of the skin. Spider veins can create a pattern that looks similar to a spider’s web. Generally, these veins are not a health concern but many people do not like the appearance of these blue, purple or red veins.

The heart pumps blood out to the body via arteries and the blood is returned through the veins. Veins are only meant to move blood in one direction. Spider veins are caused when the blood in the vein flows in the wrong direction. Though that might sound scary, it generally is not a serious problem if this happens with only a few veins. However, the reverse flow of blood can cause veins to swell and pool blood. The swollen veins can then become visible through the skin.

Spider veins can happen to anyone but they are more prone to strike some people versus others. The biggest risk factor is sitting or standing for long periods of time. The human body was meant to move and this movement helps to promote good circulation. Obesity, large amounts of sun exposure and skin injuries are also contributing factors to the development of spider veins. Genetics are also a factor. Those with family members with spider veins are more likely to develop them than those without a family history.

Spider veins are treated through either sclerotherapy or laser treatments. With sclerotherapy, a needle is used to inject a solution into the veins. The solution works to shrink the size of the veins so that they cannot be seen. Laser treatment involves the use of concentrated beams of light that burn the veins and destroys them. As the veins are very small, removing the veins is not harmful.

For more information on spider veins and the latest treatment options, contact the Ciao Bella Vein Clinic.

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