What are Spider Veins?

Spider veins are small, tangled blood vessels that lie just below the surface of the skin. Most commonly found on the face and legs, spider veins rarely cause pain but they can be very embarrassing. Your physicians at the vein center in Canton understand this as well, and treat many clients who suffer with spider veins. At some point, at least one-third of women will deal with spider veins, as will a smaller percentage of men.

Tiny capillaries become spider veins as the result of a condition known as venous reflux. While normal, healthy valves in these capillaries force blood to move up toward the heart, capillaries affected by venous reflux can’t do this. The result is blood pooling in the affected area, causing the veins to become distended.

Physicians are able to diagnose spider veins by sight. Once a diagnosis is made the physician is likely to want an ultrasound to be able to see the extent of vein damage. Even if no pain accompanies the spider veins, an ultrasound can help detect the cause of them. The treatment of spider veins is considered to be a cosmetic procedure, often involving laser treatment or sclerotherapy– procedures that can be done at your vein center in Canton.

There are several factors that can put a person at risk for spider veins. Pregnancy, obesity, long hours of standing, hormonal changes and age can contribute toward the development of spider veins. Additionally, those with fair skin or who have sustained injuries close to the surface of the skin are also susceptible to spider veins.

In addition to laser treatment and sclerotherapy, physicians sometimes recommend other treatments to help reduce the occurrence of spider veins. These treatments include wearing support hose, trading in high heels for flats, and diet and exercise. Once spider veins have appeared, they can be removed through minimally-invasive vein treatment methods.

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