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Deciphering Spider Veins


Spider veins, medically known as telangiectasias, are small, thin, red or blue vessels that can be seen just under the skin's surface, resembling delicate spider webs or tree branches, commonly manifesting on the legs and face.


What Causes Spider Veins?


  1. Heredity: Genetic predisposition plays a significant role in their development.

  2. Aging: As we age, the elasticity of our veins can decrease, leading to the formation of spider veins.

  3. Hormonal Changes: Shifts in hormones during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause can trigger their appearance.

  4. Pregnancy: The increased blood volume and pressure on leg veins during pregnancy can contribute to spider veins.

  5. Extended Standing or Sitting: Regularly standing or sitting for prolonged periods can put extra pressure on leg veins.

  6. Sun Exposure: For some, exposure to the sun can cause spider veins on the cheeks or nose of fair-skinned individuals.

  7. Injuries: Trauma to the skin can sometimes lead to the formation of spider veins.


Clearing the Web: Treatments for Spider Veins


  1. Sclerotherapy: This is the most common treatment, where a solution is injected into the veins, causing them to collapse and fade.

  2. Laser Treatments: Lasers send strong bursts of light onto the vein, making the vein slowly fade and disappear. No incisions or needles are used.

  3. Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT): This procedure uses a laser fiber inside the vein, making it effective for larger spider veins or small varicose veins.

  4. Radiofrequency Occlusion: A small catheter delivers radiofrequency energy to the vein wall, causing it to heat, collapse, and seal shut.

  5. Support Stockings: Graduated compression stockings can help reduce the pain and swelling associated with spider veins.

  6. Lifestyle Changes: Regular exercise, elevating the legs, and avoiding standing or sitting for extended periods can prevent or minimize the effects of spider veins.

Spider veins, while often harmless, can be a cosmetic concern for many. With an array of treatment options available, those affected can opt for methods to either reduce their visibility or completely remove them. Please request a complimentary consultation today.

Spider Veins Causes and Treatments

Bedford, MA

Spider veins are small, thin, red or blue web-like networks of blood vessels that appear close to the surface of the skin, commonly on the legs and face.

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