You may be a big fan of Spiderman, but that doesn’t mean you have to be a fan of his veins. Spider veins, those little red, purple, or blue threadlike veins that are just below the skin’s surface are obnoxious. They can develop all over the body, but usually appear on legs and face.
Dr. Jones can remove spider veins with two approaches, either using laser energy or sclerotherapy.
What causes spider veins?
Spider veins are caused by a number of factors. There is definitely a genetic link, so if your Mom had spider veins you are likely to have them, too. They also are a result of sun damage, pregnancy, hormonal imbalances, weight gain, or occupations that require long periods of standing or sitting. They are not physically dangerous, but are cosmetically annoying, especially in prominent places such as the cheeks.
On the face, spider veins can be a result of sun damage or conditions such as rosacea. They are most prominent around the nose, on the cheeks, and around the chin.
How does Dr. Jones get rid of spider veins?
On the face and upper chest, Dr. Jones uses the Alma Nd Yag laser and the Alma AFT 570 laser. The laser energy heats the vein, causing the outer wall to collapse. The body then absorbs the closed off vein over the next few weeks.
He treats spider veins on other areas such as the legs with sclerotherapy. In these veins, a sclerosing solution (primarily saline) is injected into the vein. The sclerosing solution irritates the vein, causing the vein wall to collapse. As with laser treatment, the body gradually absorbs the now unused vein.
Want to get rid of those spider veins? Call us at 405.418.5400 and schedule an appointment.
With the popularity of Spiderman these days, you may think that a term like spider vein has something to do with the webslinger. Unfortunately, they are nothing so exciting.
Spider veins are those thin red, purple, or blue wavy lines just under your skin. They can occur anywhere on the body, but usually show up on the legs and the face.
And they don’t make you look any younger.
What causes spider veins?
Spider veins have a number of potential causes: pregnancy, hormonal imbalance, heredity, weight gain, or a job that requires you to stand or sit for prolonged periods. They often also show themselves more frequently as we get older. They usually aren’t painful, but people want them removed because they are, for lack of a better word, ugly.
Treating spider veins
On the face, Dr. Jones treats spider veins using the Alma Nd Yag laser and the Alma AFT 570 laser. The heat energy causes the veins to collapse and eventually fade away.
On the legs, Dr. Jones usually opts for sclerotherapy. This procedure has been around a long time for a simple reason — it works. A sclerosing solution (usually highly concentrated saline) is injected into the vein. This causes the vein to close up and collapse. It then fades away in three to six weeks.
So, don’t put up with those red, purple, and blue spider veins on your face and legs. Let us wipe them out! Call 405.418.5400for an appointment.
Although the appearance of spider veins is not linked with serious health issues, men and women alike are particularly bothered by their unappealing appearance. At our practice, we have helped our patients deal with unsightly thread veins on the face and other locations of the body.
Patients ask us if there was something in their diet or daily routine that led to the appearance of spider veins. The exact cause of spider veins is unknown, but the mechanism as to why they occur has been identified. It has to do with weakening of the valves in the veins that are responsible for carrying blood back to the heart for oxygenation. Due to valve malfunction, blood will begin to pool in the area and the walls of the veins will start to weaken resulting in the appearance of spider veins.
Risk Factors of Spider Veins
The following factors have been known to increase your risk of spider veins:
Adverse effect of certain medications that primarily affect the hormones progesterone and estrogen
Prolonged periods of immobility
Prolonged sun exposure
Effective Spider Vein Treatment at Dr. Timothy Jones Facial Plastic Surgery
At our clinic in Leominster, a personalized spider vein treatment plan will be created during your personal consultation. Facial spider veins respond very well to Alma Nd Yag laser and the Alma AFT 570 laser. Both treatments are also effective for thread veins in the chest area. For spider veins in other areas of the body, sclerotherapy and laser techniques are typically combined.
For more information on spider vein treatments, get in touch with us today by calling 405.418.5400to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you!