What Can I Do About Spider Veins?

Nov 01, 2022
What Can I Do About Spider Veins?
Your otherwise evenly-toned and smooth legs have developed spider veins, and you’re unhappy with their arrival. Here, we review why these veins developed and what we can do to clear them away.

There’s good news and bad when it comes to spider veins that develop on your legs. First, the good news — these veins are largely harmless and very common, affecting 80% of men and 85% of women. The bad news is that once the veins develop, they don’t go away, leaving you with a permanent web of spindly veins on your legs.

Now, let’s get back to some more good news — treatments are available that can eliminate spider veins, restoring the even tone of your legs.

Here at Elite Skin Center in Fort Worth, Texas, our team prides itself on offering a wide range of cosmetic services that have you covered from head to toe. When it comes to spider veins, we offer effective vein treatments, including laser therapy, that make quick work of aesthetically troublesome veins.

Spider veins 101

The tiny veins that you see near the surface of your skin are medically known as telangiectasias, and they’re the result of damaged blood vessels in your legs. In the vast majority of cases, spider veins don’t pose serious medical issues, and it’s important to note that spider veins only affect the superficial veins in your legs. 

When it comes to the circulating blood back up to your heart, the deep veins in your legs do most of the heavy lifting, carrying 90% of the blood. That means the superficial veins in your legs are responsible for only 10% of the blood flow back to your heart, so spider veins aren’t really affecting your circulation.

There are several reasons why spider veins develop, including:

  • Direct trauma to your superficial veins
  • A weakening of the valves in your superficial veins
  • Hormone fluctuations in women
  • Genetics
  • Obesity
  • Standing for long periods

No matter how your spider veins developed, they become part of the permanent landscape on your legs unless you seek treatment.

Treating spider veins

Because spider veins develop toward the surface of your skin, we turn to laser therapy to reduce their appearance. The laser energy we use breaks apart the affected veins, allowing your body to flush them away naturally, and any blood that flows through the superficial veins in your legs reroutes to healthier vessels.

Depending upon the number of spider veins we’re treating, you may need a series of laser treatments. Your results will be gradual as your body processes the treated veins.

After your laser treatments, you can maintain your evenly toned legs by taking certain preventive steps, such as:

  • Wearing compression stockings
  • Getting more exercise
  • Elevating your legs if you’ve been standing for long periods

Should spider veins appear again, despite your best efforts, you can return to us for another quick laser treatment.

If you’d like to learn more about getting rid of unsightly spider veins, please contact the Elite Skin Center team. You can call or book your appointment with our easy-to-use online tool at your convenience.