Spider Vein Removal – What you Need to Know

Spider Vein Removal

Spider vein removal is one of the most sought-after cosmetic procedures at Canada MedLaser Clinics. While not as visible or textured as varicose veins, spider veins are an unsightly and distracting presence that occurs most often on the legs and can age skin’s appearance by up to 10 years. Here, we’ll explore what causes spider veins and what you can do to minimize or eliminate the appearance of these tiny veins from your skin, including laser options.

What are Spider Veins?

Spider veins are thin blue, purple or reddish veins that are visible through the skin. They commonly occur behind the knees, on the face, and anywhere on the legs. While age increases the appearance of this skin issue, they are also found on children as well due to heredity and sometimes hormone changes.  While spider vein removal is often not a priority when they occur on children, this can, occasionally, be cause for concern, especially if varicose veins are also forming. If you notice big or bulging varicose veins on a child, a visit to the doctor is likely to be necessary.

Similarly, spider veins in adults are also very rarely a sign of anything more and spider vein removal is only necessary as an aesthetic concern. In most cases they are simply dilated blood vessels that are close to the surface of the skin. Common causes include:

  • Weight gain
  • Blood clot history
  • Heredity
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Occupations that require a great deal of standing including:
    •  medical professionals, teachers, waitresses and hair stylists.
  • Hormonal fluctuations brought on by:
    •  menopause, puberty, pregnancy or hormone replacement
  • Pressure on the stomach from:
    • Constipation, tumors and restrictive garments like corsets.

Where is Spider Vein Removal Used?

If spider veins have plagued you for some time, you may be wondering if it’s even possible to address them in certain areas. Spider vein removal can be performed on most areas of the body and even on the face – which is a common place for fair skinned people to form unsightly spider veins.

Canada MedLaser Clinics uses industry-leading equipment and methods for spider vein removal to ensure you get optimal results no matter where your spider veins occur. During your consultation, we’ll assess your skin and veins to ensure you get the proper treatment that will produce the best and most efficient results.

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When should you be Concerned about Spider Veins?

As we’ve already discussed, spider veins are rarely cause of medical concern. However, they can occasionally be a sign potential blood clot issues. If you’re experiencing heaviness or soreness in your legs and if you also have varicose veins in addition to spider veins, each of these could be signs of other potential issues. At Canada MedLaser Clinics, we’re concerned with your total health and will discuss both spider vein removal and assess potential causes for your veins that may also need to be addressed.

Who Gets Spider Veins?

While spider veins are more commonly found in women due to hormone fluctuations, childbirth and other environmental factors, men can also suffer from them quite frequently as well. They are, however; much more common in older people and weight gain can increase their appearance.  Though more women seek out spider vein removal than men on average, laser treatment is successful for all who suffer from this skin condition.

Options for Spider Vein Removal

There are two primary treatments for spider vein removal including: Sclerotherapy and Laser removal. While Sclerotherapy has proven to be effective, it involves an incision and injection into the vein, making it more invasive than laser and also upping the chance of pain and other complications.

Moreover, spider veins’ size makes them good candidates for lasers which will not have to fight to locate them. Spider vein removal with laser is less invasive, has few if any side effects and you are likely to see results in just a few short sessions.

Conclusion

The most important thing to remember about spider veins is that they are likely not a sign of any bigger issues. However, if you’re experiencing pain or swelling in the legs, it is recommended that you see your primary care physician. When it comes to spider vein removal, lasers offer an effective and painless option. To get started with treating your spider veins, call Canada MedLaser Clinics.

Don’t Let Spider Veins or Broken Capillaries Limit Your Summer Wardrobe

Spider Veins

It’s summer in Toronto and time for bathing suits and summer wear. The warmer weather is a fun time for many Canadians who seek to work on their tan and spend time outdoors. But if you suffer from unattractive spider veins or broken capillaries, you may feel restricted in what you can do and the clothes you can wear.

Skin care specialists hear some questions constantly – including those about acne, broken capillaries, and spider veins. If you are dealing with broken capillaries or spider veins, you understand how annoying it is to experience their associated redness and unattractive presence – especially when they appear on visible areas like your face or legs.

There are multiple causes for these afflictions; however, to begin understanding these conditions it is best to be aware of their appearance and their cause.

 

What Are Spider Veins and Broken Capillaries?

People suffer from spider veins without a clear understanding of how to recognize them. They appear close to the surface of the skin, and you can identify them by their red or blue color and spider web or tree branch shape. They appear primarily on the legs.

Spider veins form when capillary walls dilate. Often they are caused by circulation problems, which frequently occur in mature adults. Additional factors are pregnancy, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, and too much sun.

Broken capillaries are tiny blood vessels that are visible on the surface of the skin. Most of these blood vessels are capillaries which connect arteries and veins. Broken capillaries are also commonly found on the face.

 

Broken capillaries’ most common causes are damage to the skin from irritation, inflammation, and repeated exposure to the sun. While some causes are preventable, others are beyond control.

To determine if you have spider veins or broken capillaries, you should consult with a Certified Medical Aesthetician.

 

While spider veins and broken capillaries may be an unpleasant eyesore, it’s best not to rely on tanning to disguise the discoloration. Studies have indicated a link between sun exposure and tanning beds to the breakdown of collagen, a natural protein necessary for skin strength and healing. Proper skin care is the best way to treat and avoid broken capillaries and spider veins.

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What Can You Do?

For those who experience spider veins and broken capillaries in the GTA, there are treatments available to help eliminate these eyesores and give you the flexibility to wear summertime apparel on the beach, at the pool, or for those outdoor dinner parties.

 

Canada MedLaser Clinics offer effective treatments for broken capillaries and spider veins. We use advanced laser technology to target broken capillaries on your face and visible spider veins on your legs. This safe and non-invasive treatment is completed in 15-30 minutes. Depending on the severity of the condition, most patients can have optimal results with 1-4 treatments. After treatment, you may experience temporary darkening with a “cat scratch” appearance which will fade within a week.