Spider veins are an extremely common skin condition suffered by millions of people across the globe. Medically referred to as telangiectasias, spider veins typically appear as a group of red, blue, or purplish veins that radiate from a dark central core, rather like that of a spider’s web. However, they can also appear as fine branch-like shapes or as thin, separate lines along the skin. These veins are typically not an essential part of the larger venous system. Spider veins can be caused by a number of factors, including genetics, pregnancy, weight gain, prolonged standing or sitting, or even certain medications.
Although spider veins usually occur on the thighs, calves, and ankles, they can also appear on the face. While spider veins can often cause individuals to be self-conscious about their appearance, the fact is that they can also be quite painful. The good news is, Dr. Shehla Ebrahim offers advanced treatment options that can eliminate spider veins altogether, giving your skin a more even color and tone.
What Afterglow Can Do for Spider Veins
Afterglow Physician Directed Medical Aesthetics employs some of the latest treatment techniques to reduce and even completely eliminate spider veins. These procedures are minimally invasive and do not require surgery or long recovery times. Please follow the links below to learn more about treatment options for spider veins:
Laser Spider Vein Removal
With the Cutera CoolGlide® Nd:YAG technique, spider veins can be treated with targeted pulses of laser energy.
Commonly Asked Questions About Spider Veins
To help you make the best decision about your treatment, Dr. Ebrahim has answered some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about spider veins. If you would like to learn more about how this concern develops and what can be done to address it, please contact our medical team. We can help you schedule a consultation designed with your unique needs and goals in mind.
What causes spider veins?
Lots of different factors can contribute to spider vein formation; however, no one knows for certain what the primary cause of this condition is. We do know that genetics or a shift in hormone levels can play a role. Standing or sitting for long periods, minor trauma, pregnancy, and potentially oral contraception also seem to have an effect. Health conditions that increase pressure in the veins can also lead to spider veins.
Can both men and women get spider veins?
Absolutely. In general, slightly more women develop spider veins than men, but the ratio is fairly similar. Spider veins can also occur at any age, although individuals over the age of 50 are much more likely to have spider veins. In fact, recent estimates suggest that almost half of people in that age range have some form of vein disease.
What are the differences between varicose veins and spider veins?
While some people are under the impression that spider veins and varicose veins are the same—and they can occur simultaneously—these are two different concerns. Spider veins are more cosmetic in nature while varicose veins usually require medical treatment. Spider veins will not become varicose veins if left untreated, although they can be uncomfortable and cause itching, burning, or soreness.
How can I reduce the risk of developing spider veins?
One of the easiest ways to minimize your risk of spider veins is to maintain an active lifestyle. If you spend a lot of time on your feet or sitting at a desk, take small breaks often to mix up your posture. Compression stockings can also be useful to help ensure the appropriate amount of even pressure is distributed across the leg. Very hot baths may worsen vein swelling, as may overly restrictive clothing, so we recommend testing the temperature of your bath before entering and limiting the use of tight clothes.
Are spider veins dangerous?
Spider veins can be uncomfortable, but they are not dangerous and do not pose a health risk. Varicose veins can have an impact on quality of life and will not improve with time. Varicose veins that are left untreated can swell, darken in colour, and contribute to other skin and health issues. Our skilled team can assist you in identifying spider veins from varicose veins and vein disease, and help you to determine the best treatment for your individual needs.