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What are Spider Veins?

Spider veins – also known as telangiectasia – is a common condition (mostly among women) wherein widened or stretched blood vessels cause threadlike patterns to appear on the skin. Spider Veins are quite similar to varicose veins only they are smaller in size. These web-like networks are often red, blue, or violet in color and develops either on a person’s thighs, legs, and ankles. Though it is not considered as a serious medical condition, spider veins generally become more prevalent with age. This is why some people with spider veins prefer to undergo spider vein removal procedures.

What Causes Spider Veins

Our veins are the ones responsible to carry out blood distribution to the different parts of our body by utilizing a series of one-way valves. Sometimes these valves can become defective, allowing a backflow within the veins. When this happens, it causes structural abnormalities in the blood vessels; thus, forming spider veins.

Experts say that other causes of spider veins may also be genetic, environmental, or a combination of the two. A person’s lifestyle can also contribute to spider vein formation. Other risk factors include the following:

  • Alcohol intake – Too much consumption of alcoholic beverages can affect the flow of blood in the vessels.
  • Pregnancy or Obesity – Often due to the large amount of pressure on the venules.
  • Smoking
  • Family history
  • Hormonal birth control pills
  • Jobs that require prolonged standing

Symptoms of Spider Veins

People with spider veins can sometimes experience a slight pain or a throbbing sensation especially after prolonged standing and walking.

Other indications are as follows:

  • Sore and cramping feeling
  • Rashes
  • Itchiness
  • Feeling of heaviness
  • Restlessness

Note that self-diagnosis is not advisable even if the symptoms you are experiencing seem to be harmless. It is very important to consult an expert to know for sure that there are no underlying medical conditions which can cause bigger health complications in the future.

Treatment for Spider Veins

Here at Montemayor Laser and Advanced Vein Care, we provide spider vein removal procedures for people suffering from spider veins.

Micro sclerotherapy for Spider Veins - This procedure is also known as Spider Vein laser treatment. Multiple sessions are required for this procedure. The sclerosing solution which is injected to the problem area causes the veins to collapse and disappear. Micro sclerotherapy is not advisable for pregnant women.

Whether it is for cosmetic purposes or due to pain and other complications, it is important for you to discuss your treatment options with your doctor. Spider vein treatment in the Philippines is available here at Montemayor Laser and Advanced Vein Care. If you have further inquiries and questions, you can visit our Varicose Vein Doctor, Dr. Paul Montemayor, or call us at 8706 0507 today.