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What Can I Do About Spider Veins?

Summer is the season for shorts, bathing suits, and sandals. But if you have spider veins on your face or body, you might be covering up instead of showing off. Spider veins are an extremely common venous condition, but that doesn’t mean you have to live with these visible, colorful veins.

If you have the all-too-familiar red, blue, or purple veins showing up under your skin, they may be spider veins. Called spider veins because they appear like webs or branches, they form when blood vessels get damaged and enlarged.

Women and men can get spider veins, and your risk increases as you get older. The good news is that spider veins don’t have to be permanent. With today’s cosmetic technology, you can have clear, younger-looking skin without spider veins. 

At MedWeight, Lasers & Wellness Centers, we offer the latest in cosmetic procedures to help you look your best. Our practice serves women and men in Irvine, California, and surrounding communities with spider vein treatment options including lasers and sclerotherapy. Call our office to learn more today.

Why spider veins develop

Veins are blood vessels that carry blood from your body back to your heart. Veins have valves that help regulate blood flow and keep it moving in the correct direction. When valves weaken or break, blood can flow backward or pool in your veins. 

Damaged veins often grow larger and begin to become visible below the surface of your skin. Spider veins are small and visible under the skin, but they are not raised or bulging like varicose veins. Spider veins are often found on the face or legs.

While the exact cause of spider veins is unknown, some risk factors increase your likelihood of getting them. Risk factors include:

 

Another common risk factor is spending a lot of time standing. If you have a job that requires you to be on your feet — like teaching or working in a factory — you may be more likely to develop spider veins.

Sometimes, you can prevent spider veins by making lifestyle changes like achieving a healthy weight or wearing compression stockings. But many people find their best results with cosmetic treatments for spider veins.

Treat spider veins to bring your confidence back

Our team at MedWeight, Lasers & Wellness Centers provides personalized treatment plans for patients with spider veins. Beginning with a consultation and examination of your veins, your aesthetic team recommends a treatment that could include laser therapy or sclerotherapy to remove spider veins. 

Laser treatment for spider veins is a popular option that delivers noticeable results with zero downtime. With laser treatment, your aesthetician targets the pigment in spider veins with specific wavelengths of light in the laser. 

The pigment in the spider veins absorbs the heat from the lasers, which permanently damages the veins. The blood flowing through those veins is naturally redirected to other veins, and the damaged veins close up. Your body absorbs the remnants, and the spider veins fade from view.

For some patients, sclerotherapy successfully treats spider veins. Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure in which your aesthetician injects a solution directly into the damaged veins. The veins then collapse and shrink, fading from view as your body processes and eliminates them.

Both laser treatment and sclerotherapy permanently remove the treated spider veins. But depending on your risk factors, new spider veins may develop. Talk to our team at MedWeight, Lasers & Wellness Centers to find out what you can do to keep your skin clear and beautiful.

With the help of the experts, you don’t have to live with embarrassing spider veins. Make this summer the one you’re proud to show your skin. Call our office to learn more about what you can do to get rid of spider veins.

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