Spider Veins Ruining Your Legs?

Spider veins usually take one of three forms on an individual’s body. They may appear in a “spider” shape with a group of veins radiating outward from a central point. Or, they may appear in a pattern that resembles branches of a tree. They may also appear in a linear pattern that appears as thin separate lines. However, no matter their appearance, spider veins are a nuisance. Pure Cosmetic and Surgical Centers can help fade those annoying lines.

What Are Spider Veins?

Spider veins are visible small, red, purple, and blue vessels that twist and turn. These are often seen as tangled groups of blood vessels that are usually red or blue in color.  Like varicose veins, spider veins are caused by the accumulation of blood, but unlike varicose veins they usually do not involve pain or other physical symptoms. They may appear in a spider shape with a group of veins radiating outward from a central point, in a pattern that resembles branches on a tree or in a linear pattern that appear as thin separate lines.

What Can I Do About Spider Veins?

The favorite treatment to deal with spider veins is laser surgery. Laser surgery works by sending strong bursts of light into the vein that make the vein slowly fade and disappear.  No incisions or needles are used. Minimal side effects include redness, bruising, itching and swelling in the treated area.

Causes Of Spider Veins and How To Prevent Them

Lack of movement: Sitting or standing for a long time may force your veins to work harder to pump blood to your heart. This may be a bigger problem if you sit with your legs bent or crossed.

Increasing age:  As you get older, the valves in your veins may weaken and not work as well.

Medical history:  Being born with weak vein valves increases your risk. Having family members with vein problems also increases your risk. About half of all people who have varicose veins have a family member who has them too.

Hormonal changes: These occur during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause. Taking birth control pills and other medicines containing estrogen and progesterone also may contribute to the forming of varicose or spider veins.

Pregnancy: During pregnancy, there is a huge increase in the amount of blood in the body. This can cause veins to enlarge. The growing uterus also puts pressure on the veins. Varicose veins usually improve within 3 months after delivery. More varicose veins and spider veins usually appear with each additional pregnancy.

Obesity: Being overweight or obese can put extra pressure on your veins. This can lead to varicose veins.

Sun exposure: This can cause spider veins on the cheeks or nose of a fair-skinned person.

Heredity: family history or history of blood clots.

Trauma to skin:  Injuries or previous surgery.

For a long time my varicose vein never bothered me. All of the sudden one day it started to give off an aching/burning sensation. I came in for a consult to see what the best solution would be and the Pure Team educated me on my options. Now my vein is barely visible and I can enjoy my active retired lifestyle!

Arthur K.

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