5 Facts About Spider Veins

5 Facts About Spider Veins

You look at your legs and notice tiny blue and red veins just beneath the surface of the skin. They are spider veins. The veins earn their name because they occasionally resemble spider webs. Some people also compare their appearance to tree branches and the more formal name for them is telangiectases. While seeing the veins on your legs or face can make you want to cover up, the good news is that they usually aren’t much of an issue and treatments are available.

They Aren’t the Same as Varicose Veins  spider veins

Don’t confuse spider veins with varicose veins. Although they might be similar, and many people have both at the same time, they aren’t exactly the same. Telangiectases are much smaller than varicose veins, according to Womenshealth.gov. While varicose veins tend to bulge through the skin and look like thick ropes, telangiectases are flat and are usually located closer to the surface of the skin.

Several Factors Can Cause Them

A few things can lead to the development of telangiectases. A backup of blood in the veins is one common cause. Often, spider veins that are appear the face develop as a result of sun exposure. Finally, changes in hormone levels, due to pregnancy or menopause, can also lead to the development of the veins.

They Can Cause Symptoms

In many cases, telangiectases are seen but not felt. But, that doesn’t mean that they are always asymptomatic. Some people might notice feelings of itchiness or a burning sensation in the areas where the veins are located.

You Can Try to Prevent Them

While there is no sure-fire way to prevent spider and varicose veins, there are a few things you can do to try and reduce your risk for developing them. For example, regular exercise seems to help improve blood flow and circulation and minimize the appearance of veins. Wearing compression or support stockings can also help prevent the veins, as can maintaining a healthy weight and eating a healthy diet.

 You Can Treat Them

If you do have telangiectases and wish that you didn’t, there are a number of treatment options, available at a vein treatment center. A common treatment is sclerotherapy, which involves injecting a special solution into the veins. The solution causes the veins to collapse, so that they fade from view. It typically takes between three and six weeks after treatment for the veins to respond.

Another treatment option is the VeinGogh Ohmic Thermolysis System, which uses electrical energy to heat and destroy the unwanted veins. The VeinGogh system is often recommended for use on veins that are too small to treat with sclerotherapy.

To learn more about your treatment options, contact Dr. Kenneth A. Janoff,  a vein doctor and vascular surgeon, at the Bridgeport Vein Center today.