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The appearance of spider veins isn’t a sign of aging; it’s more of a result of aging. As we grow older, our skin loses elasticity and blood vessels become less able to handle the stress of standing upright all day every day. When increased pressure causes tiny veins in your legs to burst, they appear as small red dots that look like spiders — hence the name spider veins. You don’t have to feel embarrassed or self-conscious about having spider veins. They’re common among adults who are around 40 years old, which means there are plenty of people around you who likely have them too! Unless you have a secondary condition like lymphedema or another underlying issue, spider veins are almost always caused by genetics and natural aging processes — not some sort of disease or eating habits.
Spider veins, also known as telangiectasia, are small, red, thread-like veins that commonly appear on the legs. While they are frequently harmless and caused by aging, they can sometimes signal an underlying condition.
Spider veins are tiny red or blue veins that appear on the skin in a branching pattern. They usually can be found on the legs, but can also appear on the face, chest, or back. While some spider veins may not be visible, others may be clearly visible on your skin as small red or blue branches. Spider veins may be painful or itch, and some people may experience burning, itching, or discomfort in the legs. You may also notice the veins may be larger than normal, or they may look like they are bulging under the skin.
Spider veins don’t require treatment if they aren’t painful or giving you discomfort. If they are bothering you, you might want to treat them so they aren’t as visible. There are various treatment options available, such as:
Sclerotherapy is one of the most common procedures used to treat spider veins. A solution containing a substance like saline, or polidocanol is injected into the affected veins. The solution causes the veins to collapse, sealing them shut. Sclerotherapy is a non-invasive procedure that’s done in a doctor’s office. You’ll likely have a few small bruises after the treatment, but they’ll go away within a few weeks. Sclerotherapy is best for veins that are close to the surface of the skin. With sclerotherapy, you can expect your veins to disappear completely in about three-quarters of patients, while they improve in the other quarter of patients.
Spider veins may not be dangerous, but they can be unsightly. There are many ways to treat spider veins, including chemical injections, lasers, and surgical procedures. If you’re struggling with spider veins, you are not alone — they are very common and can be treated.
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