Spider veins (also called telangiectasias) are clusters of tiny blood vessels that develop close to the surface of the skin. They are often red, blue, or purple; and they have the appearance of a spider web.
They are commonly found on the face and legs and measure about 0.3 to 2.5 millimeters in size and may be red, blue, purplish, or greenish in color. Larger superficial veins called reticular veins that may be the source of spider veins.
These veins may be the sign of deeper insufficiency. For this reason, any underlying problem contributing to spider veins must be addressed before treatment begins. Most spider veins are caused by venous hypertension (high blood pressure.)
Varicose veins may not cause any pain but are veins that are dark purple or blue in color, appear twisted and bulging; often like cords on your legs, an achy or heavy feeling in your legs, burning, throbbing, muscle cramping and swelling in your lower legs, worsened pain after sitting or standing for a long time, Itching around one or more of your veins, Bleeding from varicose veins, painful cord in the vein with red discoloration of the skin.
Color changes, hardening of the vein, inflammation of the skin or skin ulcers near your ankle, which can mean you have a serious form of vascular disease that requires medical attention. Spider veins are similar to varicose veins, but they're smaller. Spider veins are found closer to the skin's surface and are often red or blue. They occur on the legs, but can also be found on the face. Spider veins vary in size and often look like a spider's web.
During laser treatment, a laser is applied to the skin over your veins. Laser energy causes your veins to coagulate and shrink. Laser therapy is most effective for small and medium size spider veins. Large spider veins respond poorly and are best treated with sclerotherapy.
You may experience mild discomfort similar to having a small rubber band snapping against your skin. Treatments do not require sedatives, pain medications, or injections of local anesthetic.
Immediately following treatment, veins will be darker and more visible. Over four to six treatments, they usually fade. After each treatment, 95% of our customers see a 70% to 80% improvement in the appearance of face veins and 30-40% improvement in leg veins.
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