The appearance of these blue and red thread-like veins on our skin can be alarming. We asked our skin care experts at Renown Dermatology, Laser & Skin Care to answer some common questions about spider veins.
Have you noticed a change in appearance and coloration of your skin? You may have spider veins (which sounds scarier than it is), which can develop over time depending on your lifestyle and overall health. To learn more, we reached out to our skin care experts at Renown Dermatology, Laser & Skin Care.
What are Spider Veins?
Spider veins are dilated veins that are usually red or blue. They appear close to your skin’s surface, usually on the face or legs, and look like branches or webs.
What Causes Spider Veins?
While spider veins seem to be more prominent in certain people, the root cause is not known. People who are most likely develop them are individuals who are obese, females, those who stand/walk for long periods of time, those who have experienced minor trauma and women who are pregnant. Certain forms of liver disease can lead to the development of unique spider veins.
Do Spider Veins Hurt?
Most people do not experience any pain or discomfort from spider veins. If you have veins that are enlarged and swollen, you may have varicose veins. If the vein is painful, tender to the touch, bleeding or accompanied by a rash, get it checked out by a doctor.
Can Spider Veins Treated?
Yes, spider veins can be treated by a skin care specialist. Treatment options include laser therapy or sclerotherapy, where veins are injected with a solution that shrinks and closes them. Both of these treatments are available from Renown Dermatology, Laser & Skin Care, and you can request a consultation online.
Is There a Health Benefit to Treating Spider Veins?
Spider veins are typically a cosmetic issue. Treating spider veins on the face will usually reduce the “flushing” response from heat, emotions, exertion or alcohol.
Will My Spider Veins Come Back?
Previously treated spider veins should not come back. New spider veins may develop, but following a preventative skin care practice may help reduce them:
- Wear sunscreen
- Exercise regularly to improve circulation and vein strength
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Don’t cross your legs for long periods of time while sitting
- Avoid sitting or standing for long periods of time