Spider veins, or telangiectasia, are small blood vessels that are visible on the surface of the skin. They are typically reddish, bluish, or purplish in color and can occur in areas like the face or legs. Spider veins are actually damaged veins that rise to the surface of the skin because they no longer effectively carry blood. Spider veins are not the same as varicose veins and are considered only a cosmetic concern – not a medical one.
The most basic cause of spider veins is that the valves which normally push blood through the veins become weak and allow blood to pool and back up. Extra blood in the vein puts pressure on its walls and causes it to weaken. Over time, this causes the veins to become more visible on the surface of the skin.
Spider veins can be genetic, and you may simply have them because of your family history. Other times, spider veins can be caused by excess weight like obesity or pregnancy – they can also be caused by straining or putting the circulatory system under stress. Finally, spider veins can be caused by sitting or standing for long periods of time without proper support.
One of the best ways to get rid of visible spider veins is with laser technologies. Our team uses Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) to treat spider veins. This process works by administering a specific light wavelength that is attracted to the pigment in the vein. The light energy creates heat which damages the pigmented tissue. Once the vein dies off, the body can metabolize it and it fades from the surface of the skin. Blood flow in the treated area simply reroutes through nearby healthy veins. The result is clearer skin without visible veins.
You may require a package of treatments for best results with IPL, but IPL is one of the most effective ways to treat spider veins. In order to prevent spider veins from coming back, it’s important to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. Our team will ensure you know what to expect from your treatment package and the best way to maintain clear skin.
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