Though spider veins are small, their characteristic purplish color and their tendency to spread out into shapes resembling spider webs make them highly visible and embarrassing, especially since they can appear on your face. Madaiah Revana, MD, FACC, and the team at Humble Cardiology Associates offer several treatments to effectively and permanently remove spider veins. If you’d like to eliminate your unsightly veins, call one of the offices in Humble and Houston, Texas, or schedule an appointment online.
Spider veins appear when tiny blood vessels close to the skin’s surface become enlarged and visible. The problem occurs when valves in the veins stop working because they’re weak or damaged.
When the valves can’t do their job, they allow blood to flow backward. The refluxed blood begins to accumulate in the vein, until eventually the veins form visible reddish-purple veins that spread out to resemble a tree or a spider’s web.
The top risk factors for spider veins include:
If spider veins run in your family or you have a family history of venous disease, you have a higher risk of developing spider veins.
Standing or sitting for a long time restricts circulation through your legs, leading to venous hypertension that damages the valves and causes spider veins.
The natural aging process weakens vein walls, allowing them to expand and pull at the valves, which eventually damages the valves.
Women often develop spider veins when high levels of estrogen weaken vein walls and make veins dilate. High estrogen occurs during pregnancy and in women taking estrogen-containing contraceptives.
In addition to hormonal changes during pregnancy, the baby and blood volume increases place pressure on your leg veins. Both changes boost the force exerted on leg veins enough to cause spider veins.
Anything that increases the pressure on your leg veins, including being overweight or obese, can result in spider veins.
Your provider at Humble Cardiology Associates typically treats spider veins with sclerotherapy. Using a tiny needle, your provider injects medication that makes the veins collapse. After the treatment, the affected area forms scar tissue that’s naturally absorbed by your body. Before long, the spider veins are gone for good.
The team at Humble Cardiology Associates also eliminates spider veins using an advanced medical device called VeinGogh™. The VeinGogh uses proprietary Microburst Technology to safely send repetitive pulses of energy into the veins, instantly making them disappear.
Both treatment methods permanently eliminate the targeted spider veins. But it’s possible to develop new spider veins in the future.
Spider veins don’t cause symptoms, but they significantly affect your appearance. To have them removed, call Humble Cardiology Associates or schedule an appointment online.