Spider veins are a common concern, that well over 80% of people in the United States get as they age. Spider veins can occur at any age. Most of the time they are a cosmetic issue, but some people do not like the look of them and want them removed. Here’s information about spider veins and what you can do to prevent and treat them.
What Do Spider Veins Look Like?
Spider veins appear when small blood vessels near the surface of the skin become dilated with blood. This makes the vessels visible through the skin. The random patterns make it look somewhat like a spider’s web, which is where the name comes from. Unlike varicose veins, spider veins are flat and don’t change the texture of the skin. They also don’t cause pain in most cases.
Spider Veins Are . . .
- thread-like appearance similar to spider webs; red, purple, or blue in color
- mostly on the legs, sometimes on the chest, face, or hands
- typically a cosmetic concern, but can cause symptoms that affect quality of life
- sometimes a cause for discomfort, numbness, or tingling
Where do Spider Veins Occur?
There are two common areas where spider veins appear, the legs and the face. The face gets more because there are many tiny blood vessels in the face so the odds of occurrence are higher. The legs tend to get more because those are the vessels that have to work the hardest in the body. Spider veins are like a less-serious version of varicose veins. This happens when blood does not travel as quickly as it should through the blood vessels. As a result, the blood builds up in the vessel and becomes visible through the skin.
If you get treatment for spider veins you should also get examined for vein disease at the same time. This will help you find out if you are at risk for developing varicose veins. If you experience pain and heaviness in the legs in the evenings and you have spider veins you should get examined. It could be a sign of a serious issue known as deep vein thrombosis.
WHAT CAUSES SPIDER VEINS?
While spider veins are a common condition, there are certain factors that increase the chance that spider veins will appear. These include:
- Standing or sitting for too long
- Family history
- General lack of exercise
- Certain drugs (e.g. topical corticosteroids)
- Certain congenital diseases
The best way to decrease your chances of getting spider veins is to not sit or stand for long periods of time and to exercise regularly. Strong blood flow keeps your veins healthy and will prevent a buildup of blood in the vessels. Over time and without proper treatment, spider veins and varicose varicose veins can lead to blood clot.
We provide sclerotherapy in each one of our Vein Centre offices in the Brentwood area and middle Tennessee. These treatments are minimally invasive and can be completed in less than one hour. In fact, many of our patients usually get their treatments done on their lunch break and then get back to work immediately.
There’s also no anesthesia, no incisions, and little to no downtime. Sclerotherapy is administered with tiny needles too, which causes less discomfort than normal injections.
Schedule Treatment for Your Spider Veins
For vein relief in Franklin, come find us in the Aspen Grove Medical Center off of Cool Springs Boulevard and Mack Hatcher Parkway. If you live in Belle Meade, find us across the street from the Kroger on Harding Pike. And finally, if you live near Mt. Juliet, find us in the Tristar Summit Medical Plaza off of Mt Juliet Road.
Give us a call today to book your consultation. We look forward to giving you the vein relief you need.