What are spider veins?
Spider veins which are also known as telangiectasia, are small, dilated veins which develop close to the surface of the skin. They tend to occur on the face though they can also appear on the legs. Dr. Pensler is equipped to remove spider veins in her office.
What are the symptoms of spider veins?
Symptoms of spider veins include tiny veins which are bluish-red in color. These dilated veins resemble a spider’s web because of their short, jagged lines.
They can also cause burning, cramping or throbbing sensations on the legs especially after periods of standing for a long time. However, in many cases they do not cause any symptoms.
What are the causes of spider veins?
Fluctuations in hormone levels which occur due to the natural changes associated with pregnancy and menopause are associated with the development of spider veins. The enlargement of these tiny veins can also occur as a result of taking medications with hormones like birth control pills.
They also develop on the cheeks and noses of persons with fair skin due to exposure to the sun. Injuries to the skin can also lead to the development of spider veins.
Drinking alcohol can also lead to the development of spider veins in persons with a skin condition known as rosacea. Conditions like Bloom syndrome and Osler-Weber-Rendu syndrome also predispose an individual to developing telangiectasia.
Genes and the aging process have also been linked to the development of these dilated, superficial veins.
How does spider vein removal work?
Spider veins are removed using sclerotherapy. In this procedure, the doctor injects a chemical into the veins which seals them by making their walls stick together. By stopping the flow of blood through the veins, the vessels eventually fade over the course of a few weeks.
Dr. Pensler can complete this treatment in her office. Contact us to schedule an appointment to have your spider veins removed in our Warren, MI office.