Are spider veins dangerous?

Spider veins are not typically harmful, and are usually just a cosmetic concern.

Spider veins, while often cosmetically unappealing, are not generally dangerous. However, in some cases they can be a sign of a more serious underlying condition. If you have spider veins and are concerned about their appearance and/or possible cause, it is advisable that you speak to your doctor for advice. The good news is that treatment is available to help get rid of spider veins and improve your overall appearance.

What are spider veins?

Spider veins are small clusters of veins that are visible under the skin. They belong to the same family as varicose veins, and are usually a shade of red, purple or blue. Smaller than varicose veins, spider veins often appear twisted, but are not typically swollen or raised. Instead, they usually resemble a spider’s web.

Interestingly, spider veins are more common in women than in men and their likelihood of developing tends to increase with age.

Are spider veins dangerous?  

If you have noticed spider veins on your face, legs or other areas of your body, you may be concerned that they pose a health risk. Although they can be a cosmetic concern, spider veins are actually not harmful. In most cases, spider veins do not cause any pain or discomfort.

Varicose veins, on the other hand, sometimes cause uncomfortable symptoms such as aches and cramps, as well as a heavy or throbbing sensation in the legs. These symptoms may worsen for women during pregnancy or certain parts of the menstrual cycle.

Can they be treated?

Fortunately, spider veins can be resolved. Although they do not generally cause any physical harm, you may choose to get rid of them in order to improve the overall appearance of your skin.

In some cases, lifestyle changes like weight loss, regular walking, and not sitting or standing for too long can help to reduce the appearance of spider veins. Compression stockings are also sometimes helpful.

One of the most effective treatments for spider veins includes sclerotherapy, a procedure in which a specially formulated solution is injected into the veins. The solution causes the veins to collapse, causing them to gradually fade over the course of a few weeks.

Another effective option is the use of laser treatment. The laser delivers pulses of light energy, which cause the vein to coagulate and eventually destroys the vessels. The vessels are then reabsorbed by the body. In the case of laser treatment, results can usually be noticed after between one and three sessions, depending on the severity of your spider veins.

How can we help?

At North Western Vascular, we offer Cutera Excel V+ laser for the treatment of spider veins. This is the most advanced aesthetic laser technology currently available, combining two powerfully precise lasers to target and eliminate unwanted leg veins. The treatments can usually be performed in between 10 and 30 minutes, and are generally considered comfortable.

We also sclerotherapy for spider veins, which is a safe and effective treatment involving the injection of a sclerosant into the vein with a very fine needle. Sclerotherapy damages the inner wall of the veins, causing them to collapse and shut down.

If you are concerned about spider veins, we encourage you to come in and see us for a consultation. We will examine your area of concern and let you know what the best course of action is based on your particular needs. Your treatment plan will be completely customised for you and our team will be available to address any questions that you have.

If you would like to find out more about spider veins and how they can be treated at North Western Vascular, please have a look here.  

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