Spider veins won’t damage your overall health, but their prominent appearance on your face and legs is a significant source of embarrassment. The team at SkinMD have extensive experience eliminating spider veins no matter where they appear on your body. Whether you’re treated with sclerotherapy or innovative laser therapy, your veins are permanently removed. To schedule an appointment, use online booking or call one of the offices in Chicago, Evergreen Park, Orland Park, or Skokie, Illinois.
Spider Veins Q & A
What are Spider Veins?
Spider veins, or telangiectasia, occur when small blood vessels close to your skin’s surface enlarge enough to become visible. The branched appearance of these red, purple, and blue veins tends to resemble spider webs. Although spider veins can develop anywhere on your body, they’re most common on your face and legs.
The biggest problem with spider veins is their unsightly appearance, and they seldom cause other problems. In rare cases, they may become itchy or bleed into the surrounding area.
What Increases My Risk of Developing Spider Veins?
Your chances of developing spider veins may be higher if you have any of these risk factors:
- Age: Spider veins are more likely to develop after the age of 50, possibly due to natural age-related changes in blood vessel walls.
- Sunlight Exposure: Extensive exposure to ultraviolet light without appropriate protection may lead to spider veins.
- Hormone Changes: The risk for women is higher during pregnancy and menopause.
- Family History: A tendency toward weak blood vessels and spider veins runs in families.
- Overweight: Excess weight adds pressure to the blood vessels in your legs, which can cause spider veins.
- Immobility: Immobility affects your circulation. If you sit or stand for extended periods of time, you’re at a higher risk for spider veins in your legs.
How are Spider Veins Treated?
Your doctor at SkinMD chooses one of the following treatment for spider veins:
- Sclerotherapy: During sclerotherapy, your doctor uses a very thin needle to inject a medicated solution into the targeted veins. As a result, the veins collapse and shrink. Over the next few weeks, your spider veins fade as your body carries away the waste.
- excel® V laser: The excel V laser is specially designed to target the reddish-blue pigments in spider veins. The veins break down as they absorb the light energy, then the waste is cleared away. Treatment with the excel V is safe, noninvasive, and doesn’t harm the surrounding skin.
Whether you undergo sclerotherapy or laser therapy, multiple veins are treated in one session and you won’t need any downtime — you can get back to your daily routine as soon as your procedure is finished.
If you’re embarrassed by the appearance of spider veins, call SkinMD or book an appointment online.