Spider veins – the clue is the name, are little veins that are visible on the surface of the skin and begin to spread. But why do we get them, what are they and most importantly how do we get rid of them?
WHAT ARE SPIDER VEINS?
Spider veins (also called telangiectasias) are clusters of tiny blood vessels that develop close to the surface of the skin. They are often red, blue, or purple; and they have the appearance of a spiderweb. They are commonly found on the face and legs.
Spider veins can affect anyone of any age and race, though they are typically found on women more.
If left alone spider veins will not go away by themselves and do require treatments in order to remove them, it is important to make sure you get the correct type of treatment, as spider veins can in fact be made worse if not treated properly.
WHY DO WE GET SPIDER VEINS?
Spider veins can be caused by the backup of blood. They can also be caused by hormone changes, exposur
e to the sun, and injuries.
Spider veins can develop into varicose veins if the backup of blood makes the vein bigger. This can happen if you have weak valves.
HOW TO PREVENT SPIDER VEINS?
To prevent spider veins on the face it is important to always wear sun protection and generally protect your skin from weather conditions – too hot or too cold.
Alcohol is best avoided as it bring blood to the surface of the skin. The same advice goes for spicy foods too.
To prevent spider veins from forming on the legs, you can try wearing support compression stockings as they promote proper circulation in the legs and can also prevent formation of blood clots.
Additionally, if you work on your feet or generally spend a lot of time on your feet, try to take a 5 minute sitting break very 1-2 hours to allow your legs to rest and the blood to circulate.
TREATMENTS FOR SPIDER VEINS?
Spider veins can be treated in various ways, and treatment does not have to be invasive.
Vascular IPL treatments work to produce different wavelengths that are absorbed by the skin and converted into thermal energy. Having IPL vascular treatments can remove spider veins as well as repair and strengthen the blood vessels. Typically a course (3-12) treatments is required, depending on the severity of your case and treatments are suitable for both face and body.
Laser treatments can also work to remove spider veins effectively on the face and body, using Long-pulse Nd:YAG laser, an exceptionally powerful tool for treatment of deep vascular pigmentation. This treatment is non invasive, though as it is a heated treatment it can be uncomfortable. Again, a course of treatment is best for long term effective results (3-12).