Spider Veins

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About Spider Veins

What is It?

Varicose and spider veins are damaged veins, which develop when tiny, one-way valves inside the veins weaken. In healthy veins, these valves push blood in one direction, back to our heart. When these valves weaken, some blood flows backward and accumulates in the vein. Extra blood in the vein puts pressure on the walls of the vein, with continual pressure, the vein walls can weaken and possibly bulge. Over time, a varicose or spider vein can start to be visible on the skin.

Some people are genetically disposed to developing these veins. If someone in your family has visible veins, you have a higher risk of also developing these. Many people get them because they sit or stand for long periods most days of the week. These veins also become more common with age and can occur during pregnancy. Spider veins can also be caused by sunlight, hormonal changes, or an injury.


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What Causes It?

Varicose and spider veins are enlarged veins that often twist and can bulge above the surface of the skin. They may be blue, red, or flesh-colored. Spider veins often look like webs. There are several ways that you may develop veins that are visible on the top layer of your skin. Genetics can play a part, if your family has a tendency to develop visible spider veins, then you might also get these. Another is due to work environments, if you tend to stand or sit too much you can possible develop these over time. There are many reasons why our bodies react or develop things, regardless, the good news is that they are treatable.

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Common Treatments

The good news is there are a lot of ways that spider veins can be treated. The first step is seeing your dermatologist decide if leg vein treatment is safe for you. During your exam, your doctor will look closely at your leg veins and ask about your medical history. Non-invasive tests that look at the veins in your legs may also be necessary, which will also help with determining how your circulation is.

After reviewing all of the information, your dermatologist can tell you if vein treatment is right for you and which treatment would be most effective. Sometimes, more than one type of treatment will be recommended to give you the best results and reduce side effects.
Trust your demonologist to come up with the best treatment plan for your skins health, and also your body. Recommendations for treatment could be simple, like wearing compression bandages or support hose. Treatments that might be recommended are Sclerotherapy which is a safe treatment for spider veins and causes minimal discomfort. A concentrated salt (saline) or specially developed chemical solution is injected with a very small needle into the spider vein. This pickles the inside of the vein so it closes up and later collapses and becomes scar tissue that eventually is absorbed by the body. This treatment usually requires multiple sessions. Lasers have been used successfully as well, and are a good solution for veins on your face. These are just a few of the options your doctor might talk to you about. Our goal is to help you be the best version of yourself, after all Healthy skin is our passion. Call today and make an appointment.


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