Beauty 101: What Are Spider Veins?

Nov. 15, 2021 10:10 am | by Dr. M. Tahsini

What Are Spider Veins?

Known medically as telangiectasias and sometimes referred to as thread veins, spider veins are a relatively common occurrence. Research indicates that women experience spider veins more than men. Spider veins can affect people of any age, though the frequency increases with age.


What Are Spider Veins?


Spider veins take their name from their appearance, with small lines arranged in a pattern like a spider’s web. They are commonly red, purple, or blue in color.


Unlike varicose veins, spider veins don’t generally cause raised lumps or bumps under the skin. They usually don’t cause pain, although there may be some tenderness or discomfort in the affected area.


Spider Veins on Legs


Spider veins on the legs can appear in a web-like group, or you may notice a few small thin lines on their own.


Normal veins carry blood to the heart from around the body, with valves to ensure blood only flows in one direction. Sometimes, these valves can stop working correctly, resulting in blood flowing backward and collecting in the small veins in the legs.


This raises the pressure in the blood vessels, which then damages the walls of the veins and causes them to become swollen. When dilated, these small veins are visible through the skin.


Spider veins on the legs generally appear on the ankles, calves, or thighs, though they can appear anywhere on your legs and feet.


Spider Veins on Face


As with the legs, spider veins on the face can be grouped together, causing a larger discolored patch of skin, or there may be several individual lines across the across.


On the face, they typically show on the cheeks or nose. Some may also have thread veins on their neck. Spider veins on the face can be caused by sun damage, with overexposure to harmful rays leading to damaged blood vessels. Excessive exposure to wind can also damage veins in the face.


Another cause of facial thread veins is sometimes simply the aging process; skin becomes thinner as people age and smaller veins become more visible.


A facial injury can also cause spider veins, including harsh exfoliating routines. Other possible causes include alcohol consumption, raised blood pressure, obesity, pregnancy, and hormonal changes.


Preventing Spider Veins


Unfortunately, some people are genetically predisposed to getting telangiectasias; research indicates that most people with telangiectasias have a family history.


There are, however, a few steps you can take to reduce the risk of getting them:


  • Avoid sitting or standing for long periods

  • Use a high-factor sunscreen

  • Exercise regularly

  • Control your weight

  • Wear compression stockings



Treating Spider Veins


Telangiectasias does not go away by themselves! The appearance of veins may fade, but most people typically find that they actually worsen over time.


You may try covering discolored areas with makeup, particularly on the face, although that is a temporary solution.


You might have tried various creams and potions and been disappointed with the results.


like many women, you are looking for a permanent solution, IPL PhotoFacial services can help.


Sclerotherapy is a quick and easy procedure that can reduce the appearance of spider veins. A solution is injected into the damaged vein, essentially causing it to scar. This blocks the vein, preventing blood from flowing through it. Blood is diverted to healthy veins and the appearance of damaged veins reduces, leaving you with clearer, healthier-looking skin.


Whether you want to treat spider veins on the face or legs, sclerotherapy is ideal.


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