One of the most popular cosmetic issues, which is more prevalent in women is the appearance of spider veins. These veins which emerge near the surface of the skin more usually on legs and face, are actually the excess, or dead, small blood vessels or capillaries that have stopped playing their role in the circulation.
Technically known as telangiectasias, spider veins are so called because of their web-like appearance, although they can also appear as stand-alone, broken pieces of purple to red threads in which case they are referred to as thread veins.
With their exact ultimate source(s) still unknown, the widespread appearance of spider veins are believed to result from several different factors that range from genetics to hormones, to aging, to other medical conditions (such as weight-gain and obesity or rosacea – chronic inflammation of the cheeks, nose, chin, forehead or eyelids), to trauma to the legs, to prolonged sitting or standing.
While that is being said, the fact that spider veins normally increase in visibility in a progressive manner is can be most certainly accounted for by the natural thinning of the aging skin.
Although in some cases spider veins may burn, swell and ache, they will seldom cause substantial problems or complications. It, therefore, appears (given the mass level sensitivity for the condition) that people turn to spider vein treatments more for cosmetic reasons than for medical reasons.
Whatever the case may be, the good news is that a number of successful treatments such sclerotherapy and laser technologies to remove spider veins and associated symptoms permanently are available today, and depending on the unique situation of a patient, a promising treatment plan can always be devised.
If you (or someone related to you) too are looking for a way to shed those unsightly veins from your skin, our practice is here to help.
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