Though not necessarily dangerous, spider veins can create cosmetic concerns, especially since they form in highly visible areas like your face and legs. At East Tremont Medical Center, our experienced team of health care providers understands the challenges that come with these pesky developments and works with patients in the Bronx, New York, to prevent and eliminate spider veins. To learn more about your options when it comes to spider veins, call or use the online scheduling tool.
Spider veins are so named because of their web-like appearance on the surface of your skin. Spider veins typically develop on your face and legs and are largely harmless in terms of pain. The problem, however, lies in the cosmetic effect they have, especially in these highly visible areas.
The answer to this question depends upon their location. Spider veins that develop in your legs are often the result of venous insufficiency, a condition in which the valves in the veins in your legs aren’t working properly.
Your heart sends out oxygen- and nutrient-rich blood through your arteries and then the blood returns to your heart through your veins. To keep your blood flowing in the right direction, especially in your legs where your blood has to fight both distance and gravity, your blood vessels are equipped with tiny valves that shut once the blood passes through, preventing it from spilling backward. If these valves begin to malfunction, blood can pool, engorging your veins and creating spider veins.
Spider veins in your face, however, typically form because of sun exposure. The sun dilates your capillaries and draws them closer to the surface, where they’re readily visible.
Other factors contribute to the development of spider veins, including:
The good news is that no matter how your spider veins developed, there are effective treatments that can diminish their appearance.
The team at East Tremont Medical Center recommends preventive measures first and foremost, such as limiting sun exposure on your face and wearing compression socks to help your blood flow back up to your heart.
For existing spider veins, your doctor may recommend sclerotherapy to close off the vein, forcing the blood to reroute through healthier vessels further below the surface of your skin. As well, certain laser treatments accomplish the same objective — destroying the vein and rerouting your blood to other vessels.
To learn more about your options for preventing or treating spider veins, call East Tremont Medical Center, or request an appointment using the online booking tool.