Spider veins and telangiectasias are small dilated blood vessels near the surface of the skin or mucous membranes. They are small blood vessels that lie close to the surface of the skin and occur either in lines or web-like patterns, earning them their name. They appear blue, purple or red in color. They are most often visible on the legs but sometimes can be seen around the nose and lips. Spider veins are commonly referred to as “broken veins.” These web-like veins generally are harmless, but occasionally, they may exhibit mild symptoms such as aching, burning, or itching. While not harmful, spider veins can look unpleasant.

Spider Veins

Spider veins are caused by the engorgement or dilation of veins with improperly working valves. Veins are equipped with a series of one-way valves that help prevent backflow as they pump blood back to the heart. When these valves weaken or stop working properly, it can lead blood to pool and increase pressure within your veins. This leads to conditions such as spider veins and varicose veins.

 

Who Gets Spider Veins?

Spider veins are a very common condition in adults, with women tending to develop them more frequently than men. Spider veins and varicose veins affect roughly 50% of the adult population There are also a variety of risk factors that can increase your likelihood of getting spider veins. The most common risk factor is simply getting older. Other common risk factors include long periods of sitting or standing, pregnancy, obesity, hormone therapy and birth control pills. Family history, previous surgery, injury, and a history of blood clots can also increase your risk of developing spider veins.

 

Treatment Options

VNUS Closure™ Procedure

The VNUS Closure™ Procedure is an alternative treatment option to traditional vein stripping surgery, bringing state-of-the-art technology to an age-old disease

Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is a cosmetic medical procedure used to treat varicose veins and spider veins. A tiny needle is used to inject a solution directly into the vein