What are spider veins exactly? They are small veins that are near the surface of the skin. Typically, they are tiny – less than 1 millimeter in diameter, appearing red or blueish in color. Most commonly, they are present on the face or legs; however, they can also show up on other parts of the body. They do not cause any rising of the skin and there are no bumps, which differentiates spider veins from varicose veins. Moreover, they do not impede the circulation of blood, due to their superficial nature. As such, they don’t pose any health risk, but only constitute a cosmetic nuisance.
About 50 to 55 percent of women and 40 to 45 percent of men in the United States suffer from some type of vein problem. Varicose veins affect half of people 50 years and older.
What factors increase my risk of varicose veins and spider veins?
Many factors increase a person’s chances of developing varicose or spider veins. These include:
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.
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.
Sun exposure. This can cause spider veins on the cheeks or nose of a fair-skinned person.
Regardless if those small veins appear on your nose and cheeks or on your legs, effective and non-invasive treatment is available and accessible, thanks to the advances of laser technology.
So, how does Laser Spider Vein Treatment work? Ageless Med Spa’s GentleMax laser vein removal utilizes a high-intensity laser to reach the deeper layers of the skin. It is only absorbed by the unwanted melanin, breaking up the pigment, and allowing your body to naturally flush it away. The result is healthy skin with reduced redness.
Spider veins will reduce in size and often disappear altogether with time. Deep leg veins are treatable and will reduce in color and size with only a few treatments.
The procedure is painless, and works well with all types of skin, including sensitive skin types. There is minimal downtime involved, and removing these spider veins can often hide the effects of aging, especially in women. Ageless Med Spa treats leg veins, hemangiomas, venous lakes, and blue facial veins.
So if you’ve always wanted to get rid of spider veins, perhaps it’s time to discover the full benefits of laser spider vein removal. The best candidates for treatment are informed patients, so contact us and schedule a consultation.
During that consultation, we’ll be able to evaluate your situation and determine the results you can expect. Contact us today to learn more about laser spider vein removal to find out if it is right for you.