Spider veins are very common, but that doesn’t mean you have to live with them. Southeastern Vein Specialists has several treatments that can help spider veins fade away – and help you feel better about your overall appearance. These treatments include:
Spider veins are small blood vessels near the surface of the skin that become dilated and enlarged. And when they do, they resemble the legs of a spider or appear as linear strands. Known as telangiectasias in the medical field, they’re generally 1 mm to 2 mm in diameter, usually red or blue in color, and most often appear on the legs and faces. Although spider veins occur in both men and women, they’re even more common on children and pregnant women.
Not a medical condition, BUT…
Spider veins do not usually cause long-term medical problems and are generally considered cosmetic. However, some people with spider veins have an underlying vein disorder that could cause medical problems. Those people with an underlying vein disease may have swelling, a feeling of heaviness, achiness, itchiness and/or fatigue in the legs, or feel restless leg-type symptoms. Before treatment, have your veins evaluated by a vein specialist to rule out a more significant disease.
What causes spider veins?
Spider veins are caused by an increased pressure in the veins near the surface of the skin. Quite frankly, doctors do not know why people get them, but heredity and hormones seem to play a major role. And their appearance increases with age. By the way, crossing your legs does not cause them.
Ways to improve your overall blood vessel health
Can spider veins be prevented? Not always. But here are some steps you can take to improve your overall blood vessel health:
Keep your weight down to avoid extra pressure on your legs
Walk around or stretch if you’ve been sitting or standing a long time
Elevate your legs when they’re tired or when you experience swelling – “toes above the nose”
Use sunscreen, especially on your face -- even during the winter!
Limit your exposure to smoke
If you have varicose veins, have them treated by a vascular specialist to reduce the pressure in your legs
Vein specialists at two locations
Depending on a number of factors, your team at Southeastern Vein Specialists will provide every service and treatment you need at one of two locations. One is The Vein Center, a leading vein center in Hyannis, MA and Mashpee, MA – and one of the first vein centers in Massachusetts to be accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission. The other is the Southeastern Vascular Outpatient Endovascular Center in Hyannis, MA which opened in 2013 and specializes in quick vein and artery procedures.
Why patients select our outpatient center
A state-of-the-art endovascular center
The first outpatient endovascular facility in the area
Questions or concerns? Let’s talk about your spider veins and possible treatments. Call 508-775-1984 to set up your FREE spider vein consultation.