What Causes Spider Veins and How Can I Get Rid of Them?

Those thin, branching veins you see in your legs are known as spider veins. They are a common condition that can also affect your face, making you feel embarrassed about your looks or concerned about your health.

Both men and women can get spider veins, but women are especially prone to developing this condition, especially during pregnancy and as they age.

How spider veins develop

Spider veins begin appearing under the surface of your skin due to problems in the valves of your veins. Valves are a part of the vein that keep blood flowing in the right direction, preventing it from flowing backward.

When these valves don’t close off the blood flow correctly, leaks cause the blood to pool in the lower part of the vein, weakening the vessel walls and widening the vein. Eventually, tiny non-functional veins appear near the surface of the skin, forming a web-like or squiggly pattern.

Spider veins can develop anywhere on the body but are most common on the legs and face.

The cause of valve damage

Spider veins often affect the legs because they are the farthest extremity and the blood has a much longer path to travel back to your heart. Blood has to battle gravity more so coming from the legs than it does from other areas of your body.

Valve damage in the veins can occur if you stand or sit for long periods of time at home or at work. You can also have weakened valves due to being overweight. Added weight puts pressure on the veins in your leg, causing the appearance of spider and varicose veins — thick, ropy veins appearing in your legs.

As you get older, your veins also begin to weaken and don’t work as well as they used to, causing surrounding muscles to force blood backward into the vein.

If you use birth control or hormone therapy, especially as a treatment for menopause, you may be at increased risk for developing spider veins. The same is true if you have an existing heart condition that causes vein valve damage.

Options for eliminating spider veins

To reduce your risk of developing spider veins in the first place, you should try to stay active to help improve blood flow back to the heart. Physical activity and exercise can also help you lose weight and take pressure off the veins in your legs.

When relaxing at home, try keeping your legs elevated as much as possible to help the blood flow easily back to your heart.

You may also benefit from wearing compression stockings, garments that compresses your legs to help enhance blood flow from your legs to your heart.

If you try these at-home therapies but still develop spider veins, Dr. Imtiaz Ahmad of Comprehensive Vein Treatment Center can help. He offers several innovative therapies, including laser therapy and ScitonⓇ BroadBand Light (BBL™) therapy to eliminate spider veins for good.

Benefits of spider vein therapy

Laser therapy uses strong bursts of light that are absorbed by the affected vein, causing it to slowly die off. Blood flow moves to a healthier vein and the damaged vein disappears without additional treatment.

The BBL therapy option uses light energy to reduce the appearance of spider veins and trigger the production of new collagen in your body to enhance the health of your skin.

Both treatments offer permanent results in the treatment of spider veins, and neither requires needles, surgery, or other invasive procedures. You can get treatment for spider veins in our comfortable office environment and return to your usual activities without any downtime.

Learn more about innovative spider vein treatments by calling our office or using the online booking feature on this website.

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