One of the more popular questions we get asked at Lazer Lounge is, “What causes spider veins?” We hear this from time to time when clients come in for various treatments like botox or other skin care treatments. Spider veins are common problems for many women and they don’t exactly know what causes it. So we decided to put this article together to go into the details of what causes them and the common spider vein treatments that are available to you.
What Are Spider Veins?
In case you’ve stumbled onto this blog and don’t know what spider veins are, we’ll define them for you. Spider veins are small veins close to the surface of the skin and are usually red, blue, or purple in color. They get their name because the sprawled-out veins often look like a spider’s web, and are usually found on the cheeks, chin, and around the nose. Though we commonly see varicose veins on the legs, we can also see spider veins there as well.
Are Spider Veins The Same As Varicose Veins?
Yes, but also no. Spider veins are similar to varicose veins, but not quite the same. Varicose veins are much thicker and larger. They also usually bulge out from your skin. Varicose veins often look like bunched-up cords swirling back and forth. The most common areas where you see varicose veins are on the calves and thighs. Since the largest veins in your body tend to be in your legs, this is why you often see the protruding varicose veins sticking out from those spots.
How Do We Develop Spider Veins?
The veins in your body are tasked with carrying your blood back and forth to your heart and circulating all over your body. There are muscles that surround your veins which help the blood flow. What starts to happen sometimes is the blood will pool inside your vein, causing it to weaken over time. As a result, the vein will begin to twist and turn to create what we call spider veins.
Some of the conman cause of spider veins are:
- Heredity. Unfortunately, some people simply get spider vein genes passed down from parents and grandparents.
- Age. As you get older your veins may weaken, causing you to get spider veins.
- Obesity. Being overweight can cause stress on your veins.
- Pregnancy. During pregnancy there’s an increase in the amount of blood, which can cause stress to the veins.
- Sun Exposure. Overexposure to the sun can cause spider veins in the facial area.
Who Gets Spider Veins?
Anyone is susceptible to get spider veins, but women are twice as likely to get them. And if your job has you standing on your feet all day or being out in the sun, you’re more at risk to get these veins on your body.
How To Treat Spider Veins?
If you already have spider veins, there are some ways to help treat them. You can choose to do Sclerotherapy, which involves needles injecting a solution to cause the vein to eventually fade into your skin tissue.
At Lazer Lounge, we offer IPL Photofacials as an alternative and safe solution for getting rid of the spider veins with an industry-leading laser machine. This laser treatment requires no downtime or interruption to your regular routine, and will greatly improve your unwanted spider veins.
How To Prevent Yourself From Getting Spider Veins
There’s no foolproof way to prevent problematic veins from popping up, although regular exercise can help to improve the blood flow in your body and ease the stress on your veins. Getting consistent sleep as well as keeping a healthy diet can also help.
The important thing about spider veins is that they are not a serious medical issue. What they are is an annoyance that can cause some people to be very self-conscious. With the new laser technology available now, there’s no reason to ignore spider veins if they bother you. If you’re ready for spider vein treatment and to get rid of them, book a free consultation with us today!