Spider Veins

Although they’re often associated with aging in women, spider veins can appear on men or women, and the thin blue lines may have nothing to do with how many birthdays you’ve had and Atlanta residents are not immune.

What Is a Spider Vein?

Spider veins can appear as blue, red or purple lines on the legs, face or other areas of the body. They are dilated blood vessels close to the skin, with backup blood creating the blue or red color. Spider veins may form as short, unconnected lines or create patterns resembling a spider web. Some people experience spider veins in small, unnoticeable areas, while others have large areas of their skin covered. While usually thought of as a cosmetic issue, spider veins can cause physical discomfort that ranges from dull throbbing to painful burning sensations.

Image: Before Spider Vein Treatment - Vein Center of Northwest Georgia, Marietta GA

The blue/purple line on the patient’s thigh is a typical spider vein

What Causes Spider Veins?

It’s not exactly clear what causes a spider vein, although it’s suspected that hormones, sun exposure, injury and genetics may play a role. Some women will experience spider veins during or after pregnancy because of an increase in blood volume. You may also experience spider veins as you age due to a weakening of the valves in your veins. While you may not be able to prevent spider veins completely, there are a few things you can do to reduce your risk. If you’re hoping to prevent developing spider veins, it is recommended that you:

  • Protect your skin from sun damage
  • Manage your weight
  • Wear support hose
  • Exercise regularly
  • Eat plenty of fiber
  • Avoid wearing high-heeled shoes

What Can You Do about Spider Veins Once You Have Them?

There are leg vein treatments available if you have developed spider veins on your legs, face or other parts of your body. You may be especially interested in spider vein removal if you experience any pain or discomfort. Treatment options available at the Vein Center of Northwest Georgia includes the use of injections or laser therapy to help treat all of our Atlanta-area patients.

Sclerotherapy is a popular form of spider vein removal. During this procedure, a sclerosing solution is injected into the effected blood vessel. This solution irritates the lining of the vessel, causing it to form scar tissue and fade away. Dr. John T. Perry performs sclerotherapy for patients suffering from spider veins in the Cartersville, Acworth, and Woodstock area.