While spider veins are not typically as severe as varicose veins, their presence and feeling can still be frustrating, embarrassing, and painful. These tiny engorged blood vessels can develop anywhere on the body and can range from barely noticeable to intense burning, itching, and aching. Tamjidi Skin Institute in Maryland and Virginia is here to help though.
What are Spider Veins?
Telangiectasia, or more commonly known as spider veins, are small dilated blood vessels that can appear near the surface of the skin. The “spider” namesake is due to the striking appearance of all the tiny blood vessels on the skin surface that look the numerous legs of a spider. They can develop anywhere on the body but are commonly found on the cheeks, nose, chin, thighs, knees, and ankles. Spider veins can be caused by a number of things. There are more than a few genetic conditions and acquired conditions that could produce them, but the most common cause is abnormalities in blood flow through reticular veins in the leg. There are a few factors that can predispose you to develop abnormal vein flow in the legs, including older age, pregnancy, tobacco usage, or an occupation that involves prolonged sitting. Treatment for spider veins involves first testing for one of the more severe conditions that can produce it, underlying venous reflux, which is when your leg veins don’t allow blood to flow back to your heart. After that has been ruled out, laser treatments and surgery are possibilities, but an effective form of treatment is sclerotherapy, which involves injecting medicine directly in the veins to shrink them.
Spider Vein Treatment at Tamjidi
Spider veins, as they are aptly named, can be unsightly and frustrating to try and cover up or forget about. Luckily, the skincare experts at Tamjidi Skin Institute in Maryland and Virginia have extensive experience working with and treating spider veins. Give us a call today, and see how we can help you.