Spider veins are webs of red, blue, or purple veins that tend to cluster around your nose or all over your legs. Like varicose veins, spider veins are broken, dysfunctional blood vessels that can’t do their jobs properly. Plus, they’re unsightly.
Also called telangiectasias, spider veins aren’t actually veins at all. They’re broken and swollen capillaries, which is the smallest type of blood vessel. That’s why they look so thin and wiry.
More than 40% of women in the United States have either spider veins or varicose veins Some men get them, too.
At Modern Wellness Clinic, in Las Vegas, Nevada, our providers are experts at removing dysfunctional spider veins with a nonsurgical treatment called sclerotherapy. Since the 1930s, doctors and dermatologists have turned to safe, simple sclerotherapy to remove spider veins.
Are you sick of looking at your spider veins? Here’s what to do about them.
Why you have spider veins
Your first question might be why in the world you developed spider veins in the first place. That’s probably followed quickly by a question about how you can prevent new ones from developing after you’ve removed the current batch.
Spider veins are capillaries that have over-expanded or burst. Blood vessels contain valves that help push the blood up toward the heart. When the valves malfunction, blood pools behind them, enlarging and twisting the blood vessel.
Pooled blood in veins creates large, unattractive twists of varicose veins. Pooled blood in capillaries creates spider veins.
You may also develop spider veins as a result of damage from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. Overexposure to UVA and UVB can cause the vessels to burst. Some spider veins are caused by blows or other injuries. Anything that breaks capillaries can be a factor in spider vein development, including handling your skin too roughly.
How to get rid of spider veins
Sclerotherapy, the gold standard for treating spider veins, is a quick, injectable therapy that we perform in the comfort and safety of our office. Depending on how many spider veins you have, we could treat them in as little as 15 minutes. Even a large quantity of telangiectasias shouldn’t take more than an hour to address.
After we disinfect the treatment area and apply a numbing agent, we simply inject the faulty capillaries with a special solution. We either use saline or a foaming agent. Whichever choice we make, the agent irritates the inner walls of the damaged capillaries so that they collapse.
Once the capillaries collapse, blood can’t flow through them anymore. Your circulatory system reroutes itself through healthy vessels instead. Over time, your body absorbs and excretes the debris from the collapsed vessels.
Within a few weeks, your spider veins are gone. You may need a series of treatments to completely erase the veins in severe cases.
How to prevent new spider veins
Healthy habits help prevent new spider veins from marring your skin again. Some tips include:
- Use sunscreen whenever you’re outdoors
- Exercise regularly to improve circulation
- Handle facial skin gently
- Lose excess weight
You may be genetically prone to spider veins. Women who take hormone therapy, either as birth control or as menopause treatment, may be more susceptible to broken veins.
Clear the webs from your skin by booking a spider vein treatment today. Simply call our office staff by phone at 702-463-9159 or use our online booking form.