Are you discouraged about the way your face or legs look and feel because unsightly spider veins? Maybe you are like many of our patients who are embarrassed to wear shorts or swimwear. Or apply concealers to try and mask you facial or legs veins. The good news is that it does not have to be that way. If you don’t want to live with unsightly red or purple veins it is time to book a consultation with our vein specialists who have treated thousands of patients just like you. We can help you get rid of spider veins so that you can enjoy life again with ‘Better Looking and Better Feeling Legs.’
What Are Spider Veins?
Spider veins, also known as telangiectasia, are tiny twisted veins that appear on the surface of your skin. They they are most common on the legs but can be seen on the face, too. They typically appear as red, blue or purple web-like patterns.
What Causes Spider Veins?
Though spider veins may be primarily be a cosmetic concern, they can indicate an underlying issue with venous insufficiency in which venous blood has a difficult time traveling against gravity. The effects of gravity on the return of venous blood back to the heart is why a majority of spider veins occur on the legs.
When blood pools in the venous capillary system, it gradually stretches out the tiny surface blood vessels. These tiny veins that are closest to the surface of the skin then become visible in twisted, colorful patterns. The cumulative effect over time can affect your sense of well being and quality of life.
Spider veins don’t just develop on the legs. They can be seen on other parts of the body such as the thin and fragile skin of the face, along the nose and cheeks where sun exposure and skin inflammation have irritated the area. In these areas gravity is not a culprit.
Why Do These Veins Develop?
Genetics and lifestyle often lead to spider veins. If one or both of your parents had spider veins, chances are high you will also develop them. If you are overweight, or your job forces you to spend long hours on your feet, you may be at increased risk.
Minor trauma can lead to spider veins, too. This can be occupational or recreational in nature. Nurses, pharmacists and factory workers often develop spider veins from repeatedly leaning up against a counter of work surface. If you live an active lifestyle minor bumps and bruises from a tennis ball, soft ball or other sports can lead to isolated patches of spider veins.
What Are The Differences Between Spider And Varicose Veins?
Spider veins and varicose veins are easily confused. While they may both cause you to feel embarrassed, varicose veins are considered more dangerous. Spider veins are usually seen as little more than a nuisance while varicose veins signal a deeper venous insufficiency problem. However, many of our patients report a significant improvement in the way their legs feel after their spider veins are treated.
The difference between spider veins and varicose veins is the size of the vein. Spider veins are by definition less than 1mm in size. Reticular varicose veins are 1-3mm in size and often feed the spider veins. Though visible to the naked eye reticular veins are often overlooked by doctors who are in-experienced in the treatment of vein disease. Varicose veins are larger visible bulging veins which are 3mm or greater in size. Varicose veins can be found nearly anywhere on the legs depending on the underlying source of the vein reflux.
Though worse in varicose veins the symptoms of both are vague and can be overlooked or confused with other conditions by patients and their physicians. Generally varicose veins cause more symptoms than spider veins. These symptoms include heaviness, aching, tired legs, swelling, night cramps, and restless legs. If left untreated varicose veins can lead to skin changes and skin ulcers can develop.
Varicose and spider veins can appear at any age or stage of life. They are more common in women and often first appear with pregnancy with their familiar rope-like, twisting pattern. Varicose veins develop during pregnancy due to a number of factors. However, pregnancy-related varicose veins may improve on their own after childbirth and may not require treatment. However, if symptoms or unsightly spider or varicose veins persist 3 months after childbirth you should see your vein specialist for a consultation. They will help you get rid of spider veins and varicose veins.