Our blood does so much for us. It brings our cells oxygen and helps keep all of our extremities working properly. As the pathway for blood, our veins are very important in keeping our bodies working as they should, though many of us take our veins for granted. When our veins start acting up though, our blood is affected too.
Our veins can get clogged and damaged, just like any other part of our body. Sometimes a vein issue simply changes our appearance, while other times a vein issue can cause real harm. If you have concerns about your veins, it’s worth seeing a doctor to make sure there is nothing more serious going on. Keep reading to learn about spider veins, and what is truly going on under the surface of your skin.
Spider Veins VS. Varicose Veins
Many people confuse spider veins with varicose veins, which makes sense. Both issues are fairly common, and come along with age in many people. They are different issues, though. Spider veins are those purplish or bluish veins that are visible under the skin, twisting and turning like little rivers on legs and other parts of the body.
Varicose veins are larger veins that are raised above the surface level of the skin. These are often not colored, and look just like shadowy shapes on the skin.
What causes them?
There are many factors that can contribute to spider veins and varicose veins including:
- Standing for long periods of time (often due to work)
- Birth Control Pills
- Blood clots and/or a history of blood clots
- Hormonal fluctuations due to pregnancy or menopause
- Conditions that cause increased pressure in the abdomen, such as girdles or tumors
How can I treat it?
You can treat spider veins or varicose veins with compression socks, though these are only useful when worn. If your spider veins cause you pain or aching, then we can find a more permanent solution.
For example, we can utilize lasers to help treat spider veins. There are two minimally invasive options, which are selected depending on your specific condition and your desired results. We can use sclerotherapy and laser ablation, depending on what we discuss in your consultation.
If you’re ready to say goodbye to those painful, unsightly spider veins, call us today at 682-499-5672 to schedule a consultation today.