Having spider veins can not only prove to be uncomfortable, but it can also make a person embarrassed and prevent them from wearing shorts, bathing suits, and other articles of clothing pertaining to legs. Although spider veins are similar to varicose veins, there are some key differences. Luckily, there’s a way to treat them so that they can stop being a problem, as well as a cause for discomfort.

What Exactly are Spider Veins?

It’s a good idea to acquaint yourself with spider veins and how they are caused and how they are different from varicose veins.

Common Vein Problems

  1. Spider veins are usually less than 1mm and resemble tree branches with short lines, almost like a spiderweb. On top of that, spider veins can either look red, bluish purple, or pink. As for those who have spider veins, roughly 10 to 25 percent of the adult population has them.
  2. Varicose veins are more distinguishable and recognizable because they can bulge out above the skin’s surface. As for their characteristics, they can be larger than 3mm in diameter and can either be blue or purple.
  3. Reticular veins are those that mostly in between spider veins and varicose veins. Reticular veins can appear 1mm to 3mm in diameter and are either blue or green in color.

Although spider veins might look different from the other two types of veins, they are all caused by the same problem: weak valves in the veins themselves. In other words, pooled blood can become motionless due to poor blood flow, thus causing dilated veins to appear beneath the skin. Aside from causing a noticeable mark on the affected area, symptoms can also include a burning or itching sensation.

Risk Factors

According to physicians, spider veins occur as people become older, and vein issues become more common. As far as the reasons for such veins go, there are several. For instance, one’s family history can play a crucial role in the appearance of such veins. Another example would depend on the person’s job. Either standing or sitting for too long can have a negative effect on vein circulation, thus producing visible veins.

Contact Us

Fortunately, treatment for spider veins is a standard Nd:Yag laser procedure that is performed right here at DermaNuva Skin & Health Care. After consulting with one of our professionals, you will know if this treatment is right for you and your veins. Contact us today to book your appointment at our office in Olds!