Spider veins are harmless, but unsightly veins that exist in ‘branches’ in the superficial layers of the skin. The blue, purple and red blood inside of them makes them visible from the skin surface, which can cause a person to feel self-conscious or embarrassed by their appearance. Approximately 30 to 60 percent of all adults suffer from spider veins.
Did you know…
that the risk of developing spider veins increases with age? Though these tiny veins may be visible in adults of all ages, they are especially common in people over age 40. Both men and women can develop spider veins – usually on the face, legs and thighs. In most cases, the condition will worsen over time, with more and more veins appearing and increasing in visibility over time.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is a candidate for spider vein removal?
Treatment for spider veins may be right for you if you are embarrassed by visible veins on your legs or face. Spider vein removal is an elective treatment that most people choose for cosmetic reasons or for reasons of convenience. Many people who undergo spider vein removal at our office find that they feel more confident when wearing shorts or going without makeup that they did prior to being treated.
What types of treatments are available to remove spider veins?
We use minimally invasive techniques to eliminate the appearance of spider veins beneath the skin. Many people are candidates for laser or IPL treatments, which use heat energy to target and destroy unsightly and abnormal veins. Over time, the body absorbs these blood vessels along with any discoloration they may have caused.
How many treatments will I need to remove spider veins?
Everyone responds to treatment differently, so exact results will vary from person to person and according to the type of treatment received. However, a person undergoing intense pulse light therapy for spider vein treatment could expect to need up to 4 or more sessions to achieve desirable results.