What are Spider Veins?
Spider veins are very small varicose veins and telangiectasias. They are thin, threadlike veins that lie close to the skin’s surface and are commonly red or purple in appearance. These dilated vessels may be short, unconnected lines or connected in a matted, “sunburst” pattern. They may also appear web-like or like branches from a tree. Spider veins are most frequently found on the legs and face, but could be found anywhere on the body. Generally they are not considered a health hazard, but patients may experience a burning, stinging or dull aching pain after prolonged standing.
Some of the most common causes of spider veins include: a genetic predisposition, pregnancy, hormonal changes, oral contraception, trauma, weight gain, and prolonged standing.
Laser Technology for Spider Vein Removal
Laser technology offers a very effective means of treating spider veins. When a laser is applied to the skin, these blood cells become very hot and create a clotting effect, which collapses or closes the vein while sparing the surrounding skin. The body will then slowly remove the collapsed veins during the natural healing process, reducing the appearance of the spider veins.