I Can Really Get Spider Veins There?
Spider veins are a cosmetic nuisance for men and women alike, mostly because those networks of red and blue lines can grow quite large and obtrusive. Spider veins can also become a problem because of where they can develop. Unlike varicose veins, which usually appear on the lower legs, spider veins can show up on other visible areas of the body. You undoubtedly be happy to learn that no matter where you see those visible veins start to form, treatments are available to get rid of them and give you a clear, smooth appearance.
Causes of Spider Veins
While the cause of most varicose veins is an underlying vein disorder known as chronic venous insufficiency, the factors behind the formation of spider veins can be more diverse. Some spider veins are also due to chronic venous insufficiency, while others may be caused by any or all of the following:
- Sun exposure
- Trauma to the skin surrounding the vein
- Hormonal fluctuations
- Skin conditions like rosacea
- Use of some types of medications
- Anabolic steroid use
- Excess alcohol consumption
Unfortunately, one of the biggest contributing factors to spider veins is heredity. So, if one or both of your parents have these visible vein networks, you are more like to have them as well.
Now You See Them!
Spider veins often accompany the appearance of varicose veins on the lower leg, particularly behind the knees. Other places where you might see these veins develop include:
It is not unusual to see a few spider veins form on the face over time, especially if you spend substantial amounts of time in the sun. You might also notice facial veins as a result of rosacea, smoking or alcohol use. The veins often appear around the cheeks or nose, where they can cause considerable cosmetic embarrassment.
Spider veins that form on the chest are particularly concerning for women since they frequently grace the breasts. Like other spider veins, breast veins can be the result of genetics. They can also form due to strenuous exercise, rapid weight loss or even a breast augmentation procedure.
The legs aren’t the only place on the lower extremities where spider veins might form; they might make an appearance around the feet and ankles as well. While most spider veins are not more than a cosmetic concern, veins that develop in this area may indicate an underlying vein problem is brewing. An evaluation by a vein specialist is always a good idea to rule out any potential problems before undergoing vein treatment.
Now You Don’t!
We can effectively address all of these spider veins through treatment options at Advanced Varicose Vein Treatments of Manhattan. Dr. Lev offers the following procedures for spider veins:
This injectable treatment uses Asclera, a prescription medication that seals vessels closed so they close and collapse. The body slowly reabsorbs the veins while circulation naturally adjusts to healthy veins nearby. Dr. Lev administers the injections directly into the affected veins right in his office, with just a few minutes of procedure time. Patients may require more than one treatment session to fully eliminate bothersome veins.
This innovative treatment eradicates spider veins without disrupting the surface of the skin in any way, thanks to a revolutionary technology known as ohmic thermolysis. The device delivers electrical energy to the visible veins, which coagulates the blood inside and causes the vein to collapse. Like sclerotherapy, the treated vein can be eliminated by the body and circulation is naturally rerouted to nearby vessels. The precision of VeinGogh offers unsurpassed efficacy and safety, with no discomfort or downtime involved.
Spider veins can be a cosmetic problem on the legs and other areas of the body. Fortunately, there are effective treatments today to eliminate those veins and enhance your appearance. To learn more about either of these procedures, contact Advanced Varicose Vein Treatments of Manhattan today at 212-204-6501.