Spider Veins: Not Just a Senior Concern

By Ron E Lev MD – Follow me on +

Spider veins, also known as telangiectasia, are those networks of red and blue lines that resemble spider webs on the surface of the skin. While they are often associated with the aging process, spider veins can appear at any age. The good news is that pesky spider veins that pose a significant cosmetic concern can be eliminated through a variety of procedures today.

Causes of Spider Veins
There are a number of potential causes of spider veins, which can occur at any time of life. Some of these include:

• Weight gain
• Hormonal fluctuations
• Pregnancy
• Trauma or injury to the skin
• Sun damage
• Prolonged periods of standing

Spider veins affect women more often than men, with at least half of all adult women experiencing this condition at some point in their lives. While it is more common in women over the age of 50, it is not unusual for these veins to begin making an appearance as early as the 20s.

Cosmetic Issues
For younger women, spider veins can be even more of a cosmetic concern. An active, youthful lifestyle rarely has room for unsightly vein networks that make it embarrassing to wear shorts and bathing suits throughout the warm weather months. Fortunately, spider vein treatments are available to permanently eliminate those unattractive veins at any age.

In addition, spider veins can appear on other areas of the body besides the lower legs. It is not uncommon to find spider veins on the inside of the thighs or even on the face. Individuals who suffer from a chronic skin condition known as rosacea may find spider veins are a typical symptom of the disease.

Treatment Options
Many of the treatments used today on spider veins are minimally invasive, require no downtime afterward and leave no scarring in their wake. Options range from injectable solutions that seal affected veins shut, to laser treatments that destroy diseased veins so they collapse and fade from view. Treatments can be performed in a physician’s office and many take just a few minutes to complete.

With many spider vein treatment options to choose from, it is much easier for physician’s to customize treatment to the patient’s specific needs, as well as the size and location of the affected veins. If you would like to learn more about how to eliminate these unappealing vein networks, contact the staff at Advanced Varicose Vein Treatments of Manhattan for additional information or to schedule a consultation.

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