Anyone who has spider veins will know that they’re primarily found on the surface of the legs and face. The question is… are they just a cosmetic nuisance or are they something to be concerned about?
Before we get into the dilemma of spider veins and whether you should or shouldn’t be worried, it’s worth spending a few minutes finding out exactly what they are, so let’s do exactly that…
As the name suggests, spider veins represent thread-like blood vessels that look like a spider’s web. Primarily they’re a purple color and form just below the surface of the skin, usually on the legs and ankles, but can also appear on the cheeks of the face. The main reason they form is because of pooling of the blood within the feeder veins.
Yes and no!
While spider veins may just be yet another by-product of the aging process, they can also signify that something isn’t quite right with your venous system. So if you experience:
you should speak with your doctor at your earliest possible convenience. He or she will give you a medical evaluation.
It could be that you have the beginnings of a disease known as chronic venous insufficiency (or CVI for short)
CVI typically occurs when valves located in the veins are severely weakened. This allows for a backflow of blood to form or pool in certain areas (particularly in veins on the legs and feet. Unfortunately without the proper diagnosis and treatment, CVI is a progressive condition that can cause persistent pain or discomfort and ulcerations.
While it’s true that spider veins can be a cosmetic nuisance, they can also be an early warning system telling you that something needs to be done.
The good news is that treatments for spider veins are both varied and commonplace and include:
For most individuals, spider veins are nothing more than a cosmetic nuisance. In these cases, there are safe and effective treatments – like those listed above – which are available.
That said, there may be cause for concern if your spider veins are:
If you are worried about your spider veins or you feel that they have become a cosmetic nuisance then come and talk to the team at MINT STL.
Dr. Goke Akinwande a highly experienced vein practitioner regularly treats spider veins and their underlying causes using the latest non-surgical treatments available. Book a consultation with Dr. Akinwande today and take the first steps towards a healthier and happier you.