Spider veins aren’t the most attractive things for many people, but they’re pretty common. It’s no surprise that people have been looking for ways to remove them however they can, as they tend to arise in more obvious places on the body.
What Are Spider Veins?
Spider veins (or telangiectasia in medical terms) are a condition where tiny blood vessels widen and cause obvious, thin red lines and patterns on the surface of your skin. They’re often shaped in ways similar to that of a spider’s web, hence the name. They can cause mild discomfort, but for the most part, people tend to want to get them treated for being unsightly. Spider veins should not be mistaken with varicose veins which are exclusively a dark blue or purple, wider and appear only on the legs.
Why Do They Appear?
Spider veins appear from various causes, though the most prominent cause seems to be prolonged exposure to the sun or extreme heat. Most spider veins appear in obvious and exposed areas of the skin and are more commonly found in the older population. Genetics and environmental factors can play a part, as well as lifestyle choices (like alcoholism).
Spider veins are obvious to the eye, which is the easiest way for a doctor to spot them (as well as yourself). You’ll notice red lines forming a pattern on your skin.
Some of the more severe symptoms (though much less rare and usually a sign of a deeper problem) include haemorrhaging in the affected area. Since spider veins can appear anywhere on the body, this excessive bleeding can be deadly if not addressed quickly.
How Are They Removed?
Spider vein removal isn’t nearly as difficult as you might first think. Though unsightly, they’re not something you’re forced to live with. You can follow three main ways to remove spider veins from your body and be confident in yourself again.
Sclerotherapy (or Asclera) is a procedure you can have that’ll help with spider vein removal. A chemical solution called Asclera is injected into your bloodstream that causes a blood clot and subsequently collapses, thickens, or scars the blood vessel. It’s an excellent way of removing the main bulk of the spidery veins climbing across your skin, and your body naturally removes the veins from your body!
Lifestyle changes are a perfect way to tackle the problem of spider veins head-on. Focusing on exercising (as most people with spider veins don’t live active lifestyles) is a good place to start. Also, consider losing some weight and wearing less tight clothes to allow your skin room to breathe.
A laser can also be used to help address your spider veins. The laser is aimed at the widened vessels that have caused the problem and seals it shut to stop any further climbing and return the skin’s surface to normal. There’s very little pain associated with this form of therapy.
If you’ve got them, you don’t have to live with them. Glow Aesthetic Center and its experienced team of board-certified practitioners have the treatment options for you to remove them with ease! Book an appointment for a free consultation to see if spider vein removal treatments are right for you!