Many people who develop spider veins don’t get treatment for them. They consider them to be a purely cosmetic issue that they can cover with tinted moisturizer or make-up if they are on their face, or by wearing pants if they are on their legs. However, they can be more than cosmetically unappealing. Some people with spider veins, also called telangiectasia, experience throbbing, swelling, itchiness, burning, pain, skin ulcers, rashes or other physical symptoms.

varicose veinsHow Do Spider Veins Differ From Varicose Veins?

Although spider veins are similar to varicose veins, they usually appear closer to the skin’s surface in thin web-like formations. They are generally blue, purple, red, or a combination of these colors.

Often spider veins associated with varicose veins are the result of damaged or weakened valves that cause blood to back up in the veins. The underlying reason for them can be any number of factors, including heredity or hormonal changes (including those caused by birth control pills, hormone replacement therapy, and pregnancy). Anything that restricts circulation, including sitting or standing for long periods, as well as obesity and squatting to lift heavy objects, can also contribute to them.

Spider and varicose veins are usually not dangerous to a person’s health. However, they can be uncomfortable, affect sleep, and become a detriment to your physical appearance, particularly during the long Atlanta summers when we try to wear as little as possible. Sun exposure can irritate spider veins.

Fortunately, with state-of-the-art treatments like those we offer at VeinInnovations, you can get rid of spider veins quickly, easily and virtually painlessly. We have a partnership with the makers of AccuVein, a spider vein diagnostic device that uses infrared light to pinpoint exactly where to place our proprietary foam sclerosant for maximum effectiveness. With AccuVein, we can treat more spider veins in less time, allowing for better results with fewer appointments.

There’s no reason to let spider veins should limit your summer fun. Call us today to schedule a consultation with a vein specialist at one of our treatment centers in Atlanta and Suwanee. Our Sandy Springs center is open on Saturdays for your convenience.