Spider veins and varicose veins are common among men and women alike. In fact, studies show that approximately 50 to 55 percent of all women and 40 to 45 percent of all men in America suffer from some type of abnormal vein condition. Fortunately, specialized laser clinics offer treatment options to eliminate unsightly spider veins. Continue reading for more information on the causes and treatment options for spider veins.
What are Spider Veins?
“Spider veins” is a term that refers to red or bluish veins with short, jagged lines that give them the appearance of tree branches or spider webs. Unlike varicose veins that are usually localized to the lower extremities, spider veins can be found in small or large areas of the legs and face.
Causes and Risk Factors
Spider veins are caused by weakened or damaged vein valves that allow blood flow to pool within the vein wall and cause the vein to swell. While certain individuals may be genetically predisposed to developing spider veins, additional risk factors include:
- Increasing age.
- Hormonal changes during puberty, pregnancy, or menopause.
- Sitting or standing for prolonged periods of time.
- Overexposure to the sun’s UV rays.
Individuals suffering from spider veins have a number of treatment options at their disposal including wearing compression stockings, sclerotherapy, and radiofrequency ablation. However, one of the most popular spider vein treatments currently utilized is laser vein removal in which laser energy heats up the vein wall and forces it to close so that it is eventually just reabsorbed by your body. Once the diseased vein is sealed blood flow is re-routed to healthy veins. This non-invasive treatment option is a fast and effective way to treat superficial spider veins without the risk of damage to nearby tissues.
The best way to determine if laser vein removal is right for you is to consult with your Los Angeles laser clinic. For more information on spider vein treatments, Botox treatments, dermal fillers, or chemical peels, contact Prolase Laser Clinic at (818) 660-1664.