What Are Spider Veins?
Spider veins, known as telangiectasias, are small capillaries that become swollen and twisted. Medically, spider veins do not present a serious problem, but they are unsightly.
What Causes Spider Veins?
Factors that can cause or contribute to spider veins are aging, obesity, pregnancy, prior trauma, hormonal changes, or a genetic predisposition. While women are most likely to get spider veins, venous insufficiency can affect both men and women.
What Is The Treatment for Spider Veins?
Sclerotherapy is one treatment for spider veins. It involved a small injection of fluid into the affected veins. The fluid causes the vein’s inner surface to swell slightly, and then the blood in the vein forms into a clot. Then, the vein is absorbed by the body. This treatment may take one or multiple visits.
Will Spider Veins Go Away on Their Own?
Spider veins don’t usually go away on their own. If you are overweight and lose weight, spider veins may diminish, and faint spider veins may disappear. For the most part, the larger ones need to be removed or treated.
Am I Too Young To Have Spider Veins?
There is no minimum age to get spider vein treatment. There is no maximum age either. Most people do not get spider vein treatment until they are in their 20’s or later.
What Are The Side Effects After Spider Vein Treatment?
The most common side effects of sclerotherapy are bruising, skin discoloration, discomfort, inflammation, and staining. It is normal for the skin to turn darker or even redder before the healing process begins. This may take several weeks.
Will Both Legs Need To Be Treated?
Spider veins can appear on both legs or just one leg. The physician will look at the veins to see if sclerotherapy would eliminate the spider veins.
What Are The Most Common Locations Of Spider Veins?
Spider veins can be found on your legs, feet, nose, lips, face, and sometimes forearms. Most of the time, spider veins develop on the thigh and calf areas.
What Are The Symptoms Of Spider Veins?
For the most part, spider veins present no physical symptom other than their blue or red coloration that branches like a web.
Do Spider Veins Hurt?
Spider veins usually do not cause pain because they are small superficial veins located under the skin. Some people complain of pain, burning, itching, and even aching caused by spider veins. If you are experiencing pain, you may have another issue that should be addressed. Varicose veins can cause pain in your legs.