If spider veins have spun a web on your legs or face, it can leave you self-conscious about your appearance. The red, purple and blue blood vessels can be unsightly, and they may make you look older than you are.
Why spider veins develop in some people but not in others is not clear, but at Star Laser in Troy, Michigan, Dr. Lakshmi Palakurthi can make your spider veins disappear.
Why do spider veins appear?
Spider veins get their name because they appear weblike. They are small and come in various combinations of red, blue, or purple. They may appear on your legs with age, especially behind your knees. One study showed that about 84% of people have spider veins — and researchers were only looking at the participants’ right legs!
The medical name for spider veins is telangiectasia, and they are caused by greater pressure in the veins. Despite the mystery of why spider veins hit only certain people, researchers say they’ve identified some risk factors for who might be dealing with them. You’re more likely to get spider veins if:
- You have a family history of spider veins
- You stand for long periods of time
- You’re overweight
- You’re pregnant, or going through menopause
- You take oral birth control
- You wear a girdle
In addition to the appearance of spider veins, you may also feel a heaviness or aching, or experience cramping or restlessness in your legs. Hormonal changes can aggravate your symptoms.
For the most part, spider veins are a cosmetic issue and one that you don’t have to live with.
At Star Laser, Dr. Palakurthi uses the state-of-the-art Aerolase® Neo® laser system. The Neo laser uses 650-microsecond laser pulses which offers the most effective results on the market. The laser’s heat causes your veins to seal off. As a result, the vein loses its blood supply and gradually withers away.
The number of treatments required depends on the number and size of your veins. For many small facial veins, for example, veins on the nose or cheeks, it may require just one session. For larger veins or for clusters of veins in multiple areas, you may need at least two sessions. Once treated, spider veins won’t reappear. However, new ones may appear over time. You may need additional treatments if that happens.
If you don’t like the way your legs look because of spider veins, you have options. Book an appointment online or by phone with Dr. Palakurthi at Star Laser. Book your consultation by calling the office or using the convenient online booking tool. Start treatment now and have flawless legs by spring.