717-741-2214

It Can Happen To Anyone: Spider Vein Causes and Treatments

It Can Happen To Anyone: Spider Vein Causes and Treatments

It Can Happen To Anyone: Spider Vein Causes and Treatments

It Can Happen To Anyone: Spider Vein Causes and Treatments

October 6, 2016

Spider veins are small, red, purple or blue vessels that twist and turn throughout the skin. They are easily visible, mostly on the legs and face. Unlike most theories, it does not occur in just women or just women of a certain age. They are mostly harmless but can be unsightly. Luckily, with today’s technology, there is help available.

Causes
There are a number of factors that can make a person predisposed to these unsightly veins, although they can happen to absolutely anyone. There are not certain people who are immune to getting them, regardless of age or background. The factors that can make them more likely to occur include:

  • Hereditary traits
  • Obesity
  • Hormonal influences like puberty, menopause or pregnancy
  • History of blood clots
  • Occupations that require frequent standing, like nurses, cosmetologists, teachers or factory workers
  • Certain conditions that cause pressure in the abdomen.

Other causes can include a trauma to the skin, vein surgery or certain exposure to UV rays.

Possible Complications
Although spider veins are mostly harmless and unsightly, they can also be a sign of some of other problems. Circulation problems can lead to a vein disease like deep vein thrombosis or chronic venous disease. These unsightly veins can lead to varicose veins, which are more uncomfortable, swollen blood vessels. Swollen veins can be a sign of blood clots or another vein disease. It is best to seek a doctor’s opinion if you start developing these problems.

Treatments

There are various treatment options available to help treat spider veins. Aside from lifestyle changes and compression stockings, there is technology available to help. Treatments may include:

  • Sclerotherapy: This treatment involves using a solution that is directly injected into the vein, causing the vein to disappear.
  • Endovenous laser treatment: This procedure involves a small laser that is inserted into the vein. The laser pulses, causing the vein to collapse.
  • Radiofrequency occlusion: A small catheter is inserted into the vein and uses radiofrequency to heat, collapse and seal the vein wall.
  • Ambulatory Phlebectomy: This procedure removes the superficial veins through a very small incision in the skin.

Advanced Vein and Laser Center of York and Lancaster specializes in spider vein and varicose vein treatments. Our advanced team of specialists can help you figure out the best method to solve your vein problems. Being well versed in the latest treatments allows us to put you on the best path back to a better you.

You May Also Like…

How Do I Know If I Require Vascular Surgery?

How Do I Know If I Require Vascular Surgery?

Maintaining healthy veins is an important part of achieving optimal overall health. If your legs are cramping or you often experience swelling or numbness in your legs, you might have a vascular condition harming your vein circulation or causing vein...

read more
What Is a Vascular Ultrasound?

What Is a Vascular Ultrasound?

Are you at risk for blood clots? Then you probably know to monitor your legs for signs of swelling or pain. If you suspect a clot could be forming, the most important thing is to take quick action. You need to determine whether you need medical intervention to prevent...

read more
How Do Compression Stockings Improve My Vascular Health?

How Do Compression Stockings Improve My Vascular Health?

Venous insufficiency — a condition characterized by veins with faulty valves — affects as many as 40% of the American population, according to the experts at the Cleveland Clinic. When the valves in your veins don’t work properly, the blood in your legs has a...

read more

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

five + 19 =

Schedule your consultation today

Schedule your consultation today

Choose your preferred office location:

Useful Links

About us

treatments offered

Patient Resources

Contact Us

Request a consultation

Career Opportunities

aVLC of york

191 Leader Heights Rd. York, PA 17402

AVLC Advanced Vein and Laser Center of York and Lancaster

aVLC of Lancaster

896A Plaza blvd., lancaster, pa 17601

AVLC Advanced Vein and Laser Center of York and Lancaster