Spider veins are like varicose veins but smaller. They are also closer to the surface of the skin than varicose veins and most often are red or blue. With their short, jagged lines, they can look eerily similar to tree branches or spiderwebs. They can be found on the legs and face and can cover either a very small or very large area of skin. Medical experts believe that approximately 50 to 55 percent of women and 40 to 45 percent of men in Canada and the United States suffer from some type of vein problem.
Spider veins are rarely a serious health problem, but they can cause significant discomfort in the legs. If there are symptoms from spider veins, most often they will be itching or burning. Less often, spider veins can be a sign of blood backup deeper inside that you can't see on the skin.
The LalliCare Clinic's highly skilled preofessional practitioners use a state of the art Intense Pulsed Light machine to reduce or eliminate their visibility over a short series of treatments.
Spider veins can be caused by the backup of blood. They can also be caused by hormone changes, exposure to the sun, and injuries.
Most varicose and spider veins appear in the legs due to the pressure of body weight, force of gravity, and task of carrying blood from the bottom of the body up to the heart.
Compared with other veins in the body, leg veins have the toughest job of carrying blood back to the heart. They endure the most pressure. This pressure can be stronger than the one-way valves in the veins.
Many factors increase a person's chances of developing spider veins. These include: