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Spider Veins FAQs

Leg with spider veins before sclerotherapy treatment

What Are Spider Veins?

Spider veins are tiny blue or purple dilated veins that appear near the skin’s surface. They are often harmless but can be unsightly. They can be found on the legs and face, and are caused by the veins underneath the skin becoming damaged.


What Is The Difference Between Spider Veins And Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are large, twisted, purple blood vessels. These generally form on the legs and can lead to complications. Spider veins look similar to varicose veins but are smaller, more often harmless, and can form anywhere.


What Do Spider Veins Look Like?

Spider veins can be red, purple or blue and get their names from the striking spiderweb-like pattern they from just under the skin. They are harmless and can be found on the legs or face.


Who Gets Spider Veins?

Spider veins can affect anyone, but are most commonly found in women. The causes of spider veins vary from person to person, so if you get spider veins it is important to see a specialist to find out what caused them.


What Are Spider Vein Symptoms?

Spider veins are often found on the legs or face, and look like red, blue or purple spider webs just under the skin. They do not make the skin bulge like varicose veins do.


Can Spider Vines Cause Leg Swelling Or Pain?

Spider veins are often painless but can lead to varicose veins, which are painful and can lead to pain and swelling, as well as other complications.


Can Spider Veins Go Away?

Spider veins can be treated so that in time they will fade and eventually disappear. This will not go away on their own – they will need to be treated with either sclerotherapy or laser surgery.


What Treatment Options Are Available To Get Rid Of Spider Veins?

There are two prominent treatments that get rid of spider veins:

  1. Sclerotherapy, which is the injection of a solution into the veins to close them, and
  2. Laser surgery, which uses lasers to cauterize and seal the veins.

Spider Veins Treatments

How Often Do I Need To Have Treatment For Spider Veins?

The number of treatments depends on the size and spread of the spider veins. Occasionally ‘touch up’ treatments may be needed. A proper estimate can be given at a consultation with a specialist.


What Is The Spider Vein Treatment Recovery Time?

Complete healing from the procedure will take up to two months. However, you should be completely mobile and sociable within a week.


How Long Before I Will See The Results Of The Treatments?

Smaller spider veins will often fade within three to six weeks of treatment. Larger clusters can take up to 3 to 4 months to clear and may require multiple treatments before you see the results you are looking for.


Does Standing For Long Periods Of Time Cause Spider Veins?

Standing for long periods of time can cause elevated pressure in the veins of your legs. This increase will cause blood to pool in those veins, and cause them to expand and possibly break. This, in turn, will cause spider veins to appear on your legs.


How To Prevent Spider Veins:

Spider veins are caused by an excess of blood pressure, typically in the legs. The best ways to prevent spider veins are the following:

  • Exercise regularly to prevent the blood from pooling in your legs,
  • Avoid standing for long periods, which causes excess strain on your legs, and
  • To elevate your legs when resting to relieve pressure.

What Are The Health Risks Of Spider Veins?

Spider veins, while being unsightly, are often harmless. However, if the cause of the spider veins is left untreated, they could develop into varicose veins. Varicose veins can lead to serious complications.


What Are The Risks Associated With The Treatment Of Spider Veins?

The treatment of spider veins is often done through sclerotherapy or laser surgery. Both of these procedures are relatively safe, with the more serious complications arising being bruising, inflammation, and brown lines on the skin, which normally disappear after a few days.


Can Spider Veins Return After Treatment?

The actual veins that were treated will not reappear after Sclerotherapy or laser surgery. However, if the cause of the spider veins is left untreated or if you are genetically predisposed to getting spider veins, you may find that the spider veins will reappear in a different place.


What Is The Difference Between Laser Treatment And Sclerotherapy For Spider Veins?

Both sclerotherapy and laser surgery have the same goal, and that is the closure of the affected veins. They differ, however, in execution:

  • Sclerotherapy uses a solution injected into the veins to collapse them, and
  • Laser surgery uses a laser to close the veins.

Are Spider Veins Dangerous?

Spider veins are not dangerous and pose no health risks. However, the cause of the spider veins is an excess of blood pressure in the vein system. This can lead to varicose veins, which can, in turn, lead to complications and health risks.


Are Spider Veins A Sign Of Poor Circulation?

Poor circulation can result in spider veins; however, it is not the only cause. Excess of pressure in the veins, deformed valves, and long periods of standing can also cause spider veins. It is important to treat each case as unique when trying to identify the cause of spider veins.


Is Treatment Of Spider Veins Necessary?

Spider veins are normally a cosmetic problem. Treatment of them is not an absolute necessity as they do not pose a health risk. They will not go away on their own, however. Additionally, if you notice the appearance of spider veins, consult your physician to ensure they will not worsen and turn into varicose veins which may require treatment.


Spider Veins On Your Body 

On your Face

How To Get Rid Of Spider Veins On Your Face / How To Treat Spider Veins On Your Face:

Spider veins on the face can be treated through both laser surgery and sclerotherapy. Depending on the spread and position of the spider veins, each treatment has its pros and cons. Consult with your physician on what is best for you.

What Causes Spider Veins On The Face?

Spider veins on the face are a result of broken blood vessels under the skin. These blood vessels can break for a variety of factors, including age, genetics, allergic reaction, and the over-consumption of alcohol.

How To Remove Spider Veins On The Face Naturally:

There are many natural or home remedies available on the internet for anyone to try, but there is only a handful of medically researched and FDA approved treatments that are proven to work. These treatments can only be administered by a medical professional, so you should consult your doctor before trying anything.

How To Cure Spider Veins On Your Face:

To cure yourself of spider veins you need to treat both the symptoms and the cause. The symptoms can be treated with sclerotherapy and laser surgery. The cause will have to be treated with medication, diet changes or lifestyle changes.

How To Cover Spider Veins On Your Face:

Spider veins are broken blood vessels that lie beneath the skin. Much like bruises, they can be hidden with the skillful application of makeup. Unlike bruises, however, they won’t fade in time and need to be treated to be removed.


On Your Nose

Spider Veins - Nose

How To Cover Spider Veins On Your Nose:

Much like spider veins on your face, the application of makeup products like foundation or concealer will be able to mask the spider veins on your nose. As with spider veins on your face, however, they will not fade and need to be treated for permanent removal.

How To Get Rid Of Spider Veins On Your Nose:

Lifestyle changes such as staying hydrated, drinking less alcohol, and staying out of the sun can reduce the aggressiveness of spider veins on your nose. Medical procedures provide the best results though, and the nose is an ideal candidate for laser surgery.

What Causes Spider Veins On Your Nose?

Spider veins are the result of broken blood vessels just under the skin. The nose, having hundreds of small blood vessels and capillaries in it, is a common place for spider veins to occur. These blemished can be caused by age, alcohol, exposure to the sun, or they can just be hereditary.

How To Treat Spider Veins On The Nose:

The nose, having very small veins and relatively thin skin, is an ideal candidate for laser surgery. In addition, there is a procedure called Veinwave, which may work on spider veins in the nose. Consult your physician for insight into the right procedure to undertake.


On Your Chest

How To Get Rid Of Spider Veins On Your Chest:

Depending on the size of the spider veins on your chest, either sclerotherapy or laser surgery will be able to remove them. Both options are viable and your physician should be able to advise which will be more effective for your case.

What Causes Spider Veins On Your Chest?

Spider veins on the chest are caused by the same factors that cause spider veins on the face and nose. However, due to its often protected nature from the sun, the appearance of spider veins on the chest can more often be attributed to age, hormones or genetic predisposition.

What Does It Mean When You Have Spider Veins On Your Chest?

Spider veins are the symptoms of a plethora of different causes. While most commonly attributed to age, hormones, or lifestyle, it is important to consult your doctor or physician if you notice the appearance of spider veins on your chest to ensure they are harmless and not symptoms of a more serious condition.


On your Legs, Thighs, Ankles, And Feet

spider veins on leg

How To Get Rid Of Spider Veins On Your Legs / How To Treat Spider Veins On Your Legs:

The veins in the legs are amongst the largest in the body, making the treatment of spider veins in the legs an ideal case for sclerotherapy. However, depending on the severity of the spider vein, it is possible that laser surgery may be a preferable alternative.

What Causes Spider Veins On Legs?

Spider veins are small broken blood vessels underneath the skin. As the veins in the legs are often under pressure, weaker vessels will sometimes break causing spider veins. These weaknesses can be caused by alcohol consumption, long periods of standing or just hereditary defects.

How To Naturally Get Rid Of Spider Veins On Legs:

There are many herbal and natural remedies that claim to remove spider veins. However, apart from laser surgery or sclerotherapy, your best course of action is to reduce the pressure in your legs. You can do this by:

  • Reducing your standing time,
  • Elevating your legs, and
  • Staying out of the sun.

How To Prevent Spider Veins On Legs And/Or Thighs:

Small and healthy lifestyle changes are the most effective ways to reduce your chances of getting spider veins. If you think that you are at risk of developing spider veins, try making these changes:

  • Exercise daily,
  • Lose weight if you are overweight,
  • Stay hydrated,
  • Wear compression stockings,
  • Elevate your legs, and
  • Don’t stay standing for long periods of time.

How To Hide Spider Veins On Legs:

There are many methods to hide the unsightly spider veins that may appear on your legs:

  • A concealer is a good option as that is what it is designed to do, though it may be costly to apply every day.
  • Self-tan is another option, as it is designed to bronze the body.
  • Compression stockings also hide spider veins.

How To Reduce Spider Veins On Legs:

Reducing the outbreak of spider veins on your legs can be as simple as a change of lifestyle. Healthier eating, less consumption of alcohol, and a more physical lifestyle and activity can reduce the strain on the veins in your legs. In addition, compression stockings as well as elevating your legs can also reduce their appearance.

How To Treat Spider Veins On Your Thighs:

Spider veins on your thighs are unsightly blemishes that occur as the result of broken veins. These blemishes can be treated through laser surgery or sclerotherapy. Both these procedures require a medical professional to administer them.

Why Do I Have Spider Veins On My Thighs?

Spider veins occur when veins in your thighs become damaged or weak. These veins will then break under the surface of the skin, causing these purple blemishes to appear. The causes of these weakened veins vary from person to person and can be due to a multitude of reasons.

What Can I Do For The Spider Veins On My Thighs?

Assisting blood flow will reduce the outbreak and spread of spider veins on your legs. Compression stockings can be worn during the day and removed at night when the legs are elevated to further this end. Leading a more active lifestyle and reducing alcohol consumption will also help in this regard.

What Causes Spider Veins On Ankles And Feet?

The ankles and feet, being at the bottom of the legs and the furthest away from the heart, are the most subject to blood pressure spikes and lows. Spider veins form when small blood vessels break and this is often a result of pressure in the legs.

What Is The Treatment For Spider Veins On Ankles And Feet?

The skin around the ankles and feet makes it an ideal place for laser surgery. Sclerotherapy may also be an option. Consult with your physician on what procedure may be better for you.

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