Spider veins are the result of dilated blood vessels inside the skin. Most of these veins are very small, being less than one millimeter in diameter. Although spider and varicose veins have some similar characteristics, spider veins are smaller and are not as pronounced. They usually are seen on the surface of the skin and can show up on any part of the body. Some people have been known to have these veins on their face, especially around their nose and cheeks. That being said, they are more commonly seen on the thighs and ankles. Thankfully, we offer a number of vein treatments at The Vein Center.
You developed spider veins because your veins have weakened valves. These valves prevent the proper flow of blood to and from your heart. Since there is a backflow of blood into these veins, the veins pool with blood. This is the reason why your spider veins have that appearance of being blue or purple. Because there are a number of veins traveling throughout the entirety of your body, the affected veins take on that appearance of a spider web or a tree branch.
These veins can affect men and women. However, women are more likely to develop them. It’s estimated that on the planet, approximately 25 percent of women develop these veins and 15 percent of men. There are certain demographics that have a higher propensity for developing the veins. For example, individuals who have a job where they stand in the same place or they sit for an extended period of time can develop them.
If a person is obese, they have a higher risk of developing veins as well. They are also genetic. If your family members had these veins or if they had other vein-related issues, it is very likely that you will develop them, too.
There are a number of state-of-the-art spider vein treatments available right here at The Vein Center. A popular treatment for spider veins is sclerotherapy. We are proud to also offer VeinGogh™ procedures.
If you are dealing with spider or varicose veins, we invite you to contact us today at The Vein Center and schedule a consultation at our office in Mount Pleasant see for yourself how our treatment options can help you.