Leg on left with varicose veins, leg on right with no varicose veinsIf you’ve noticed pesky veins showing up on your legs, you’re not alone. As we age, spider veins and varicose veins appear for two reasons:

1. Damaged skin
2. Aging vein valves
The sun ages and thins out the skin, causing it to break down and become more transparent. As this happens, we tend to see more of our veins and might want them removed.

But first, it’s important to know the difference between these types of veins so you can get the best treatment.

The Difference Between Varicose Veins & Spider Veins

Spider Veins

Spider veins have a web-like appearance and appear towards the surface of your skin. These surface veins supply blood to the skin and other superficial areas. They are small, twisted blood vessels and can be the color red, purple, or blue.

Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are large and deeper because they supply blood to muscle tissue. When they become visible, they’re more obvious and tend to pop out.

Causes of Spider Veins vs Varicose Veins?

Spider and varicose veins may look different, but they show up for the same reasons.

Our veins work to pump blood from the legs back to the heart. As we age the valves weaken, causing the blood to flow backward. This makes the blood collect in your veins and make your veins enlarged. All this, because the blood is not being pushed back to your heart.
Other factors that contribute to spider veins and varicose veins issues include:
  • Genetics
  • Hormones
  • Leg trauma
  • Not being active
  • Smoking
  • Weight Gain

Treating Varicose Veins vs Spider Viens

When it comes to removing your veins, there are several treatment options available. Be sure to seek vein treatment from a vein specialist. This ensures you get the correct procedure and rule out vein diseases like venous insufficiency.

How to Treat Spider Veins

Spider veins are treated with a procedure known as Sclerotherapy. It’s a common treatment performed in your doctor’s office. It takes about 15 – 30 minutes and you can return to normal activities the very next day.

Spider Veins Injections Illustration

 
A solution is injected into the veins that irritate the vein walls and causes them to stick together, clot and collapse. Your body will break them down and reabsorb them. Depending on how many veins you need treated, multiple treatments may be required to get desired results.
 
Regardless, the appearance of spider veins will fade over time.

How to Treat Varicose Veins

Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) is a successful treatment for varicose veins. The procedure involves a catheter that is inserted into the varicose vein. Using a high-frequency alternating current, the vein spasms, and collapses. The body will absorb the dead tissue and start using a healthy vein to pump blood from the legs to the heart.

Varicose Vein Heat Injection Illustration

 
RFA is a non-invasive outpatient procedure done in the doctor’s office and performed under moderate sedation. You can resume normal activities the day after treatment.

When to See a Doctor

Whether it’s the appearance of spider veins or varicose veins that concern you, there are options. And the sooner you get them treated, the sooner you can enjoy your life.
 
If you have symptoms like swelling, cramping, heaviness, or pain in your legs, consult with a doctor. These could be symptoms of Venous Insufficiency, a progressive vein disease that, if left untreated, could result in other health issues.

 

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Delaware state person relaxing on beach chair under the sunIf you’ve found this little corner of the internet, then you’re searching for reasons why you might have spider veins in your 20s or 30s.

It’s true that getting spider veins at this age is pretty early (and alarming!). But don’t fret–there’s an explanation for this that may be remedied by simple lifestyle changes.

Let’s get into how you can diminish those broken blood vessels and prevent more from forming.

WHAT ARE SPIDER VEINS?

Spider veins are smaller and closer to the skin’s surface than varicose veins. They can be bright red or blue, with jagged, short lines, resembling spider webs (hence the name).

Spider veins are typically the result of backup blood or broken capillaries.

WHAT CAUSES PREMATURE SPIDER VEINS TO FORM?

Let’s review why spider veins might show up in your 20s or 30s:

  • SUN EXPOSURE: UVA and UVB radiation from the sun can inflame blood vessels and draw them closer to the skin, especially those with fair skin.
  • HORMONE CHANGES: Female hormone changes from pregnancy or birth control can weaken vein walls. As estrogen levels rise, blood levels increase, putting pressure on your veins and causing them to break.
  • BLOOD PRESSURE: An intense sneeze or vomiting can cause a change in blood pressure, which can break the capillaries.
  • INACTIVITY: Occupations that require long periods of sitting or standing can put you at higher risk for developing spider veins.
  • GENETICS: A family history of blood clots or varicose veins can put you at higher risk.
  • FAIR SKIN: Very fair skin can make your veins more visible, causing your skin to look flushed and red.
  • ALCOHOL: Drinking alcohol can cause the veins to fill with more blood, making spider veins visible.
  • HIGH HEELS: Wearing high heels can minimize the range of motion in your foot and ankle. As a result, your calf muscle can’t properly pump the blood back up through your veins.

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PREVENTING SPIDER VEINS

Thankfully, there are many lifestyle changes young people can make to either prevent or treat the appearance of spider veins.

Consider these tips and remedies for preventing spider veins in your 20s and 30s:

  • Protect your skin from the sun by wearing sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses
  • Avoid extreme heat from hot showers, saunas, or beaches
  • Get regular physical activity to get your blood circulating
  • Maintain a healthy weight

WORRIED ABOUT SPIDER VEINS? ADD THIS TO YOUR TO-DO LIST

There are a few treatments to consider, depending on the severity of your spider veins and how much they bother you. It’s a good idea to get your veins checked out by a certified vein specialist to determine what’s best for you.

Here are some options to consider:

  • SCLEROTHERAPY: This is the most common and effective medical procedure for treating spider veins. A chemical is injected into your veins that blocks blood flow. It may take more than one round of treatment to address a vein.
  • LASER TREATMENT: The second most common spider vein reduction treatment involves applying strong surges of light to the affected area, causing the spider vein to fade away. The advantage to this procedure is that there are no incisions or needles involved. However, it may not be as effective as sclerotherapy. Redness, swelling, and skin discoloration are common side effects.

Spider veins are purely a cosmetic concern, but many people still find their lives affected by them, especially when in their 20s and 30s. If they affect your quality of life, it’s worth looking into treating them, especially since they will progress if you don’t make some lifestyle changes to address your symptoms.

 

Delaware state character riding a bike toward healthier veinsAt Delaware Advanced Vein Center, our medical staff has years of experience helping people with their spider and varicose veins. We would love to welcome you to our family of satisfied patients. 

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It’s the eternal struggle of vein removal – the debate between sclerotherapy or laser.

 

Both treatments are effective with minimal side effects, but they do have advantages and disadvantages alike.

But what’s easier and better for your veins? Let’s take a look at both methods for treating spider veins:

Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is a non-surgical treatment for spider veins. The doctor injects a chemical, called a sclerosant into a vein, causing it to collapse and dry out. The vein gets reabsorbed by the body and disappears.

Sclerotherapy is best for superficial spider veins on the legs and hands. It’s less expensive, faster, and more effective than laser treatment. Sclerotherapy is also better for people with darker skin. Lasers produce light that can cause discoloration in people with tanned skin.

Laser Treatment

Laser treatment for spider veins is more expensive. and perceived as more painful. But laser treatments are considered the best way to treat spider veins on the face. There are several types of laser treatments: 

IPL: Laser and intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments are non-invasive and chemical-free. It involves directing light at the veins from outside the skin. IPL or surface laser treatments take about 15 to 20 minutes depending on the extent of the area. The most common side effect is a temporary purple skin pigmentation that looks like bruising. There can also be some temporary redness, swelling or blistering.

Surface Laser Therapy: Your doctor can treat small-to-medium varicose veins with a laser through the skin, much like with spider veins. Different kinds of lasers can penetrate the skin and reach the veins. The skin is cooled to avoid burning, but patients still report more pain than sclerotherapy.

Endovenous Laser Therapy: Endovenous laser therapy (EVLT) is an effective treatment for larger varicose veins. A laser probe is inserted directly into the vein. As the probe is withdrawn, the intense heat from the laser cauterizes the vein from the inside, causing it to collapse. A single EVLT procedure is more effective than sclerotherapy, which requires multiple sessions.

char that shows the uses for sclerotherapy and laser therapy for veins

The Choice is Up to You and Your Vein Doctor

Both treatments get rid of pesky spider veins and leave your skin looking smooth. And many patients have both types of vein problems and both types of treatment may be recommended.

The choice of treatment often depends on the location of the veins. Sclerotherapy is better for treating larger varicose veins, especially those on the legs, while laser therapy suits thinner veins on other parts of the body. Sometimes it may need a combination approach to get the best results.

Be sure to talk to your vein doctor to choose the treatment that is most effective and most comfortable for you. The best method for you may be different from that of someone else with the same vein problems. That’s why it’s important to choose an experienced vein specialist for medical advice. He or she can take into account your condition and your unique individual needs.

 

 

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Feeling self-conscious about your spider veins?

Then Sclerotherapy treatment is the answer for you.

It’s a quick, non-surgical treatment to reduce the appearance of spider and some varicose veins.

If it’s your first time, here’s what to expect before and after your treatment.

What to do Before Sclerotherapy Treatment

Here are some things that you should avoid to ensure you don’t have any issues during sclerotherapy treatment.

  • Pause intake of Vitamin E or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications like Advil or aspirin for at least 1 week before treatment.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing.
  • Do not apply any lotion to your legs before treatment.
  • Avoid consuming alcohol or nicotine.

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What to do After Sclerotherapy Treatment

The recovery from sclerotherapy has little downtime and the following instruction will ensure a smooth recovery.

  • Avoid sports or exercise for at least 10 days after your treatment.
  • Wear compression stockings for 5 days or as advised by your doctor.
  • Avoid warm baths, sunbathing, hot tubs, and saunas for at least 2-3 days after your treatment as heat causes blood vessels to dilate.
  • Schedule a follow-up treatment in 4-6 weeks after your procedure. You probably won’t see the decrease of all of the spider veins in one session. Most people need 2-3 sessions or more to achieve their desired results.

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Vein-Free Legs: Guaranteed

It’s very important to follow all post-treatment instructions so you can lower your risk of developing any side effects from the treatment. While these are rare, they can include mild cramping, scarring, and even temporary browning of the skin.

For the safest and most satisfactory results, you should always follow your vein specialists’ pre and post-treatment instructions. If you have any questions or concerns, talk to your vein doctor.

 

 

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Just when you thought the spider veins on your legs were a problem, you notice them on your face. Yikes! But not to worry, this is completely normal. The skin on the face is thin, sensitive, and constantly exposed to the elements. It’s the perfect storm to develop spider veins. 

The good news is, facial spider veins are preventable…or if it’s too late, treatable! In this article, we’ll talk you through why they happen and how you can remove them for good. 

What Causes Spider Veins on the Face?

Spider veins form when the capillaries in the skin on your face become dilated. This happens from poor blood circulation and aging, damaged skin. Broken blood vessels on the face can develop at any age, but some people may have a higher chance of developing them than others.

Some causes of broken blood vessels on the face include:

  • Genetics: People with family members who experience spider veins are more likely to have them.
  • Excessive sun exposure: Sun damage can enlarge the blood vessels and draw them closer to the skin.
  • Changes in weather: Drastic changes in the weather can affect blood circulation, causing the skin in the face to flush. The blood vessels may burst and cause a spider vein. 
  • Changes in pressure: A sudden, extreme change in pressure can cause spider veins to appear. A hard sneeze or vomiting can cause this change in pressure. 
  • Pregnancy: Hormonal changes during pregnancy may also cause spider veins on the face. But they usually disappear after birth. 
  • Environmental irritants: Exposure to certain chemicals or environmental pollutants may damage the skin and make blood vessels more visible.
  • Rosacea: Rosacea is a common condition that causes fair skin to become flushed and red due to enlarged veins.
  • Alcohol consumption: Alcohol can dilate the blood vessels temporarily. Frequent alcohol consumption can lead to longer-lasting broken blood vessels and redness on the face. 
  • Injuries: Head injuries that cause bruising may cause broken blood vessels. In this case, the blood vessels usually heal when the bruise does. 

Treatment for Spider Veins on the Face

  • Sclerotherapy: Sclerotherapy uses injections of sclerosing agents to help spider veins disappear in a short period of time. 
  • Laser Therapy: Laser therapy uses intense laser lights to destroy spider veins. However, laser therapy can also damage the skin, which could make it sensitive during recovery.
  • Intense Pulled Light (IPL) Therapy: IPL therapy uses special lights that penetrate into the deeper layers of skin without damaging the top layer. This treatment may mean less recovery time and less damage to the skin. 

 

wearing a sun hat to prevent veins on the face

Home Remedies for Spider Veins on the Face

  • Cold compress: A simple cold compress, such as an ice pack or bag of frozen peas, can be applied to the face after sun or heat exposure. The cold may help reduce the appearance of burst blood vessels in the face.
  • Apple cider vinegar: Apple cider vinegar acts as an astringent on the skin, pulling it tight to reduce redness. This may help with the appearance of spider veins in some people.
  • Aloe vera: The gel from an aloe vera plant may be helpful in treating skin redness. Research has found that aloe vera could reduce redness but it tends to dry out the skin cells.
  • Vitamin C: Vitamin C supplements may help reduce the appearance of broken blood vessels on the face. It plays a key role in keeping the blood vessels healthy.

How to Prevent Spider Veins on the Face

  • Avoid extreme heat: Very high temperatures from spas, saunas, or hot water may dilate the blood vessels and increase the chances of spider veins appearing.
  • Limit sun exposure: Wearing sunscreen, a hat, and long layers of clothing can help reduce the chances of spider veins from sun damage.
  • Wear protection: Protective gear may help avoid spider veins caused by an injury. Examples include facemasks and helmets for baseball, cycling, or riding a motorcycle.
  • Avoid vasodilators: Vasodilators cause vessels to fill with blood and may make spider veins more noticeable. Common vasodilators include caffeine, spicy foods, and alcohol. 

Spider veins cause no pain or additional symptoms. But it’s normal to be bothered by their appearance. If this sounds like you, try to determine the direct cause and take steps to treat it and avoid it from happening again. In some cases, broken blood vessels on the face may be a sign of an underlying medical condition. Anyone uncertain about the cause of their spider veins should visit a vein specialist for a proper examination and diagnosis.

 

 

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apple dressed as doctor talking to Delaware patientIf you’re seeking treatment for vein conditions like spider and varicose veins, you’re probably thinking it will all be fixed in just one visit. Alas, that’s just not the case. Veins don’t disappear overnight. They need a lot of TLC. The reality is, you may need more than one treatment to get the best results.

There are several treatment options available like sclerotherapy, ablations, and laser therapy. Most are non-invasive and can be performed in your doctor’s office with little to no downtime. The number of times you’ll need vein treatment varies from patient to patient. Everyone’s veins are different sizes and at different stages. Typically, the more severe your veins are, the more treatments you’ll need. Below, we look at two different vein treatments and estimate how many times you’ll need them. 

Sclerotherapy

What: A common treatment for spider and small varicose veins.

How: Your doctor injects a solution into the vein, which irritates the wall of the vein and makes the veins stick together so the blood can’t flow through it anymore. 

Healing Time: Spider veins usually disappear within 3 to 6 weeks. Varicose veins take 3 to 4 months.

Number of Treatments: In most cases, patients typically need 2 to 5 treatments to completely eliminate the appearance of spider veins, especially if the veins being treated are large or if new veins reappear.

Radio Frequency Ablations (RFA)

What: A treatment for varicose veins and venous insufficiency.

How: RFA procedures use a catheter that is inserted into the vein. It uses a high-frequency radio-frequency current, causing the vein to spasm and collapse. 

Healing Time: Within one week, patients may start to notice a difference in the prominence of their varicose veins, but complete results may take weeks to months.

Number of Treatments: Some patients may require several procedures depending on the severity of their varicose veins or if both legs are being treated.

how spider veins and varicose veins are treated

Follow-Up Appointments Are Important

While it’s necessary to get the proper amount of treatments done to ensure you get the best results, it’s also important to follow-up. These appointments help make sure your treatment is going in the right direction. This is also the time to address any concerns or questions you may have to your vein doctor. 

If you don’t schedule follow-up appointments or receive all of your vein treatments, you may experience the reappearance of veins or even health complications

Skill is the Key to Getting Best Results

The results you will see depend largely on the person performing the vein treatment. So make sure you find a vein specialist that performs vein treatments regularly to get the best results possible.

 

 

Delaware State riding a bicycle to healthier veinsAt Delaware Advanced Vein Center, our medical staff has years of experience helping people with their spider and varicose veins. We would love to welcome you to our family of satisfied patients. 

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