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Spider Veins

Telangiectasia (more commonly known as spider veins) are threadlike clusters of small blood vessels that develop near the surface of the skin, most commonly on the legs and face. They can be red, purple or blue, and the pattern of thin lines have an appearance similar to a spiderweb, hence the name.

While telangiectases are cosmetically unsightly, they can sometimes cause discomfort and are often a sign of growing problems in your venous system. In rare cases, these vessels rupture and they can cause hemorrhaging.

What Causes Spider Veins?

Spider veins are similar to varicose veins in that they are caused by backflow and pooling of your blood in the veins. When the valves that keep the blood flowing one-way towards your heart weaken and fail, they allow the blood to reflux. The resulting pooling of the blood causes the formation of spider veins and varicose veins.

While doctors are unsure of the exact cause of spider veins, there are several factors that may contribute to their development. Sun exposure or extreme temperatures are believed to be factors, as well as the environment, genetics, and other causes that may include:

  • Aging – causes weakening of blood vessels
  • Pregnancy – causes pressure on veins
  • Alcoholism – affects blood flow
  • Skin conditions – rosacea and other inflammatory skin conditions

Spider veins are common, and can affect even healthy people. However, like many conditions, there are some people who are more at risk than others. Spider veins often cause no signs or symptoms other than their cosmetic appearance, but some people may occasionally experience pain or itching.

Treatment of Spider Veins

Spider veins can be treated using non-invasive techniques, including sclerotherapy. Both methods of treatment damage the walls of the veins, making them collapse and close off, and causing the blood to be naturally rerouted to healthy veins. Once treated, the spider veins will gradually fade, leaving no scar behind.

If you have spider veins on your legs or face, it may be time for you to treat them safely and effectively at Southern Vascular Clinic. Our experienced and caring team will devise a treatment plan to address your vein issues that is specific to your needs. Vein care is a critical element of your overall health, and we strive to ensure that you experience comprehensive care in a warm, professional environment. Call us today at 337-534-4444 to schedule an appointment for a consultation.