Can I Do Anything about Spider Veins?

Whether you're ready to hit the beach or have a picnic in the park, you want to look and feel your best. If unattractive spider veins on your legs or face are making you self-conscious, it's time to seek laser therapy that will leave your skin looking clearer and younger.

Dr. Peter Karlsberg and his physician's assistant Michele Ayans provide premier cutting-edge care for all your cosmetic dermatological needs at the Ventura Institute for Dermatologic Arts in Ventura and Camarillo, California. With our unique combination of art and science, as well as a personalized consultation to discuss your desired results, we create successful treatment plans to remedy a variety of issues, including spider veins.

Spider veins

Unlike varicose veins which tend to appear twisted or bulging, spider veins are typically red, blue, or purple and look like thin lines, branches, or webs. They are often found on the legs, particularly the thighs, calves, and ankles, as well as the face.

Spider veins in the legs occur when one-way valves that are supposed to prevent blood from going backward become weakened or damaged and result in it pooling in the vein. Facial spider veins which are also known as telangiectases are a proliferation of extra or excessive fine blood vessels.

Risk factors

There are a variety of risk factors that can increase the chance of developing spider veins. A family history, being older, and being overweight can all make the odds greater. Being a woman is also a risk factor, along with pregnancy and using hormonal birth control and/or hormonal treatments for menopause. Sitting or standing for too long also increases the chances.

Spider veins on the face can be caused by damage from the sun, alcohol consumption, and/or a genetic predisposition.

Treatment

Compression stockings or socks may help with blood flow and aid in preventing the development of new spider veins. Exercising, elevating the legs, and making sure not to sit or stand for too long can also help by improving circulation.

However, to get rid of existing veins, a procedure is needed. Typically leg veins are treated with injection sclerotherapy but in the case of small spider veins laser therapy is often best. During this procedure, a laser light is directed at the vein and causes it to break down without damaging the skin. Over a period of months, the veins are naturally cleared from the body and become less visible.

If you're ready to get rid of unsightly spider veins, call us today at 805-214-6903 (Ventura) or 805-221-8789 (Camarillo) to make an appointment. 

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