Spider Veins and Varicose Veins

What are spider and varicose veins?

Spider veins are small, flat, and damaged veins. They are twisted like a striking spider web pattern. They appear on the surface of the face and legs, they might be purple, red or blue vessels. They are visible on the skin and are harmless and painless.

Varicose veins are large, raised swollen blood vessels that twist and usually appear in the legs. They are sometimes painful, cause cramps and burn feelings.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Varicose veins appear when valves inside the legs’ veins stop working well and circulate blood just in one direction due to many factors.

On the face, the broken capillaries which are bursting tiny blood vessels, appear due to high blood pressure, allergy, chronic disease, medication or sun damage, spider veins are present.

Many factors play a big role for the presence of spider veins and varicose, including:

  • Genetics: family history is present in 90% of the cases
  • Pregnancy: due to the pressure on the legs’ veins
  • Females present more spider veins and varicose than males
  • Aging makes the valves in the veins tend to get weaker
  • Overweight and obesity increase the pressure on leg veins
  • Hormonal change like pregnancy, puberty and menopause
  • Birth control pills and hormonal replacement intake
  • Medicine like corticosteroids
  • Sitting or standing for long hours
  • History of blood clot or vein damage
  • Excess pressure on the face due to coughing, sneezing, and vomiting.
  • Sun damage.

Not everybody with spider veins or varicose veins suffers from pain or has symptoms. Some people like to have the spider veins removed for cosmetic reasons.

Here are the steps to treat spider veins or varicose veins at our clinic and achieve the best results:

  • Lifestyle changes such as observing good skin hygiene, weight loss in case of obesity, increasing physical activity
  • Laser treatment
  • RF treatment
  • IPL
  • Sclerotherapy injections

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