Spider veins can have an undesirable impact on the appearance and can sometimes hurt a person’s self-confidence as a result. They fall into the same general category as varicose veins, but there are some important differences in the two conditions. Spider veins develop in the smaller vessels, or capillaries, that branch from the larger vessels in order to make sure blood flow reaches all parts of the body.
The basic cause of spider veins is venous insufficiency. This is when the blood is not flowing through the veins in the proper manner. As a result, it starts to back up and pool inside the vessels. This causes them to become enlarged due to the added pressure that is exerted against the insides of the vessel walls. They then can become visible through the skin.
Spider veins can vary in color. They may appear red, blue or purple. The name comes from their similarity in appearance to the legs of a spider with the sharp and jagged turns. They can also appear as lines that are woven together much like the strands of a spider web. Because they appear in this manner as opposed to an isolated vein here and there, they are usually easily noticed by other people.
Unlike varicose veins that only appear on the legs, spider veins can appear on the face, as well as the legs and chest. They usually do not produce uncomfortable symptoms the way varicose veins can. Their impact us usually one of a cosmetic nature only. However, this is enough of a reason for many individuals to seek treatment for the condition, especially if doing so will help to restore self-esteem.
There are a number of things that can be contributing factors to the causes of spider vein development. Heredity is one of them. If your parents had spider or varicose veins, you have a greater risk than the general population of developing them.
People that do a lot of standing can be at a greater risk for their formation as well, especially in the legs. Obesity can be a factor as can a history of blood clots. Sometimes, hormonal fluctuations can play a role in spider and varicose vein formation. They can be more likely to form during menopause or while taking birth control pills.
If you are struggling with the presence of spider veins, you should have a discussion with our vein specialist at Palmetto Vein & Aesthetic Center PA regarding ways in which you may be able to eliminate them. There are a variety of treatments available, and they can usually be done in a non-invasive manner without the need for extensive downtime for recovery. During a consultation at our office in Lexington, we can create a customized treatment plan for you. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!