While veins are often visible through the skin, sometimes they become prominent and unsightly. Spider veins are noticeable, unattractive veins that look like red or blue jagged and spiky tree branches. They can appear over a small or large surface area on your face or legs, and they often make people feel self-conscious about their appearance. Here are some of the causes of spider veins and the treatments and prevention methods available to improve the appearance of your skin.
What Causes Spider Veins?
Spider veins are usually caused by the backup of blood flow. They most often form on the legs due to gravity and the pressure of your body weight. Extended periods of sitting or standing can put undue pressure on certain veins, causing this backup of blood. Aging, excessive weight gain, and changing hormone levels are other causes of spider veins, and some spider veins may be hereditary. For some individuals, sun exposure and injury can cause the appearance of spider veins. As many as 40 percent or more individuals may have vein problems such as spider veins or varicose veins.
How Can You Treat Spider Veins?
While scientists have not discovered a way to force spider veins to work properly, there are ways to minimize their appearance. To treat the appearance of spider veins, Dr Zoumaras uses one of two methods that essentially destroy the vein. The first is the injection of sclerosants, which are chemical irritants that trigger inflammation in the walls of spider veins. This inflammation makes the veins swell, form scar tissue, and seal shut. Dr Zoumaras also uses lasers to treat spider veins. The energy from the lasers heats the spider veins, causing them to collapse. With the spider veins eradicated, the body compensates by redirecting the blood flow through other veins. It may take several days or weeks after the procedure before the destroyed veins fade away completely. Once they fade away, you will no longer be able to see the unsightly spider veins.
How Can You Prevent Spider Veins?
Treatment is highly effective but cannot prevent new spider veins from forming in the future. To prevent spider veins, you can wear compression stockings or support pantyhose on your legs. These stockings put pressure on your legs and help to prevent blood from backing up and causing spider veins or varicose veins to form. You can also wear sunscreen to limit sun exposure to your face. Maintaining a stable body weight, exercising regularly, and moving around often will help keep circulation flowing so that your veins continue to work as they should.
Plastic surgery expert Dr Zoumaras can effectively treat unsightly spider veins and help you to prevent spider veins from forming in the future. Contact us at 02-9327-1700 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your consultation with Dr Zoumaras today.