Spider veins are when a small group of blood vessels, located near the skin's surface becomes dilated. They are small vessels that will become larger. This normally happens when the vein's pressure increases and they will exceed their normal resistance to blood flow. They are found on the legs and face normally and will look like red or purple sider webs. This is why they are called spider veins.
Spider veins are most common in women between the ages of 30-70, but some men do have spider veins. Over 80 million Americans suffer from either spider veins or varicose veins.
Do not confuse the two together! Although spider veins and varicose veins are used intertwine, the two differ. Varicose veins are large and can be quite painful, while spider veins will stay small and are noticeable because of their color.
Varicose veins will increase your changes of heart attacks or strokes, while spider veins are usually no health threat. Even though they do not pose much of a threat to your health, you may find that they make it unbearable to stand for prolonged periods of time. Spider veins do not have a link to any illness or disease, but are considered a symptom of aging. Surgery can not remove the veins, but you can find many treatments that will either relieve your discomfort or remove them all together.
Spider veins are a form of varicose veins that will cluster either on the legs or face. It is a common problem amount women and they can form anywhere on the legs or even body, although, they mostly appear on the face, legs, and thighs. When they occur on the face they are usually beneath the eyes and around the nose.
The reason why people make a big deal about spider veins is the fact that it is a flaw in their skin. Today, society puts such hype on the fact that everyone needs to be beautiful and have perfect skin. Although, flawless skin is one of the accounts for beauty, it's not realistic. To get rid of these veins, many people will go through cosmetic cover-ups to conceal them and will go to major lengths to get rid of their spider veins. Many times with the cover-up procedures, customers are disappointed.
For the face, the veins can now be treated with a light that will produce results within days. For larger areas or leg veins, Sclerotherapy must treat them. Sclerotherapy is injecting small veins with a salt solution that will make them close and disappear. This can be performed in a doctor's office and it doesn't require any anesthesia. It usually takes about twenty minutes and it will take about eight weeks of treatment before results can be seen.