If you think you may have spider veins, you probably have a lot of questions. Here are answers to some of the most common questions asked about spider veins.

1. What are spider veins?

Spider veins are small abnormal veins that develop most commonly on the face, neck, chest, hands, feet and legs. They appear as tiny discolored veins that are visible from above the skin’s surface. They may be blue, purple or red in color. 

2. What causes spider veins?

Spider veins appear when the veins stop functioning like they should. The vessels become dilated, making them more visible. This condition is most common among older people, people who stand or sit for long periods of time, and people who are overweight. A history of blood clots, taking birth control pills or taking hormone replacement therapy may also raise your risk of developing spider veins. 

3. Will my spider veins get worse?

Spider veins often get worse over time. You may also develop varicose veins, which are larger abnormal veins that cause additional physical symptoms, such as pain and swelling. For this reason, seeking treatment early is highly recommended. 

4. What treatment options are available?

If you have spider veins, you may benefit from one of two treatment options. The least invasive option is transdermal laser treatment. With this treatment option, no incisions or injections are required. Instead, the veins are heated with pulses of light administered externally. The heat from this light causes the veins to seal shut and dissolve. 

If your spider veins won’t respond to transdermal laser treatment, you can eliminate them with sclerotherapy. During sclerotherapy, a doctor injects a solution into each spider vein. This solution causes the vein’s walls to swell and stick together. Eventually, your body will absorb the vein. 

5. How do I learn more? 

If you are interested in learning more about spider vein treatment, you need to make an appointment with a qualified vein doctor. Please contact Metro Vein Centers today and we will be happy to schedule a consultation.