Spider veins are caused by venous insufficiency in the capillaries, which are the smaller blood vessels that branch out from the larger ones. Their purpose is to transport blood to all parts of the body. Venous insufficiency is a term used to describe conditions that are preventing proper blood flow through the veins. Because of this, blood can begin to back up or pool inside the vessels. These vessels will typically enlarge as a result. What happens next is the development of spider veins in the smaller vessels or varicose veins in the larger ones. The two conditions are similar with the main difference being the size of the veins that are impacted.
Varicose veins frequently produce symptoms. Except in rare conditions, spider veins do not. Their impact is, for the most part, one of an aesthetic nature only. Spider veins do not normally put a person at a higher risk for other health complications the way varicose veins can. As a result, you may have more of a choice regarding when and whether to have your spider veins treated.
If you are one of those rare individuals who suffer symptoms as a result of your spider veins, you should go ahead and discuss treatment options with our doctor. That way, you can get on with living a more comfortable life and be assured that there is nothing further to worry about.
Spider veins can hurt the self-esteem. They frequently appear on the legs, chest and face. Consequently, many people struggle over the cosmetic impact these veins can have. If your confidence is lacking because you are concerned about how these vessels are making you look, you should seek treatment as well.
Spider veins can look like interwoven lines under the skin. They get their name because of their resemblance to a spider’s legs. They can be red, blue or purple in color. Many people feel that their presence makes them look older, mainly because their likelihood increases with age. Even if your self-esteem is not affected by their appearance, you still might elect to have them removed to improve your looks.
If you are considering having your spider veins treated, you can take comfort in the fact that a number of minimally invasive treatment methods are available. Most of them do not have serious side effects and can be done right here in our office. No visit to the hospital is necessary. After the treatment, you can usually go right back to your regular lifestyle.
Of the treatments that are available for spider vein removal, sclerotherapy and laser therapy are two of the most common. Sclerotherapy is done by injecting a solution into the veins to make them close off and disappear. Laser therapy uses high-intensity light pulses to destroy the targeted veins with heat. We can give you more information about your options when you come in for your consultation.
We offer comprehensive spider vein removal at Mariposa Aesthetics & Laser Center. We would love to help you feel comfortable in your own skin again. Contact us at our office in Oklahoma City today to schedule your consultation and find out if this treatment is right for you.