What are spider veins and can I do anything about them?

Laser Vein Removal Before & After

Spider veins are common among children and pregnant women. Chances are, if you have spider veins, you already know what they look like. Still, what causes spider veins, and can anything be done to remove them once they’re there?

Telangiectasia, Commonly Known as “Spider Veins”

Spider veins are the common name for a medical condition called telangiectasias. They are most commonly found on legs, ankles, and feet. Generally spider veins “spider out” from an area and unlike varicose veins, are not necessarily raised, but can be seen as unsightly. Spider veins are said to happen when the veins or valves surrounding the veins are weak, and blood pools in the area. Spider veins and varicose veins aren’t exactly understood entirely, but spider veins are generally seen as relatively harmless.

Other causes of spider veins are:

  • A sedentary lifestyle
  • Weight gain
  • Prolonged standing
  • Pregnancy

Can they be avoided?

Generally eating well and exercising regularly can help you avoid unsightly spider veins. Still, many people find the condition to be hereditary, and if someone in your family has them, chances are you may get them as well.

Can they be removed?

Fortunately, large unsightly spider veins can actually be treated. In fact, at Abington Aesthetic & Laser Medical Center, we treat spider veins and varicose veins with a specialized laser treatment. This treatment works by creating scar tissue that closes off the vein, allowing it to wither away and fade. Other treatments may exist including injections, but with laser vein removal treatments, the procedure is non-invasive and allows for quick recovery.

If you have spider veins or varicose veins that you want removed, we can help, contact us today!

(*)Individual results may vary. Photos are examples of possible results. Please consult with our staff to find out what may work best for you.