Spider Vein Treatment

Spider Vein Treatment

What are Spider veins?

Spider Veins are thin red, bluish, purplish or even greenish lines or web-like networks of blood vessels that appear on your face, legs and feet. We have been seeing an increased number of spider veins on the arms and other uncommon areas because of the increased use of skin bleaching creams that thin out the skin.

If a person has no symptoms that do not improve easily, they may require medical treatment to reduce pain or discomfort. Some individuals may also want treatment for cosmetic reasons, wanting to get rid of the “ugly” spider veins. This can be done either through sclerotherapy or laser therapy.

Causes:

The veins usually have one-way valves so that the blood can travel in one direction. If the walls of the vein become stretched and less flexible, the valves get weaker.

A weak valve can allow blood flow in the opposite direction. The blood can accumulate in the veins which then become enlarged and swollen. The veins farthest from the heart are the most affected as gravity makes it harder for blood to flow back to the heart.

Any condition that puts pressure on the abdomen has the potential to cause varicose veins. Examples include:

  • Pregnancy
  • Constipation
  • Tumours in rare cases

Some potential risk factors include:

  • Menopause
  • Obesity
  • Family history of varicose veins
  • Being 50 years and above
  • Being pregnant
  • Standing for long periods