What Are Spider Veins?

This condition also known as Telangiectasias are those red or blue spider web-like network of tiny veins that appear on the face or legs of people. Although they appear mostly on the face or legs, they can actually be found on any part of the body. This condition is sadly a very common one. Millions of people suffer from this condition around the world. In North America, it is reported that about 40% of women have one form of vein condition or another. It also states that by the age of 80, 80% of women will have one form of vein condition or another.

What Causes Spider Veins?

The origin of spider vein can usually be traced to some form of venous insufficiency. This means that the valves of the veins are not functioning as they should. In a normal functional valve, the blood flow is restricted to flow only towards the heart against the pull of gravity. If for any reason the vein valves begin to weaken or the walls of the veins weakened, the blood could begin to flow away from the heart in response to the gravity pull. This will result in blood pooling in the legs. This is the same thing that causes varicose veins which is a much more serious vein disease.

Spider veins found on the face are usually caused by exposure to ultraviolet rays. Continued exposure to the rays of the sun can lead to this condition appearing on the face. Other things that can cause spider veins are:

Heredity – Some people are more likely to have this condition than others because of the family they come from. It is simply inherited from the genes.

Gender – Females are four times more likely to have this condition than men. Factors that influence this include the hormonal changes that occur in women, birth control pills that some women take, the strain associated with pregnancy amongst other things.

Obesity – The veins of an obese person is constantly under pressure. This pressure could eventually lead to spider veins.

Prolonged Standing or Sitting – If the vein valves are constantly working against the gravitational pull, it is likely to weaker faster. This is the cases when a person stands or sets for prolonged periods of time.

These are some factors that can contribute to the appearance of spider veins. There are others like injury or trauma to the skin and increased abdominal pressure arising from constipation or tumors.

How Can Spider Veins Be Identified?

Other than the obvious network of red or blue veins that appear on the skin, only a vein specialist or a dermatologist can perform a thorough check and properly advise the patient.

How Can Veins Disease Be Treated?

Technology has afforded us very effective yet simple treatments for this and other vein diseases. We will focus on the most effective methods which are in use today. These methods will be accommodated by the patient's health insurance and will be at the most only mildly invasive. These procedures are painless and requires no additional recovery period as a patient can be back at work same day after treatment. The treatments will consist of one or both of a laser treatment or a treatment with a salt solution called a sclerosant.

Laser Therapy

This method is easily the most effective form of treatment for spider veins. It is only minimally invasive, is painless therefore requires no form of anesthesia and it requires little to no recovery time. This procedure is easily performed in the out-patients unit and is very gentle since its suitability for any sensitive parts of the body.


This method is also a very effective, mildly invasive procedure. It can also be performed in the out-patients' unit without anesthesia. It involves the injection of a sclerosant into the veins. The sclerosant causes the veins to harden clear. This process is quick and effective.

How Can Spider Veins Be Prevented?

It is often said that prevention is better than cure. There are certain things we can do to reduce the risk of spider veins appearing on our bodies. Even though the condition can be hereditary, certain life styles can at least slow down the process. Some of things that can be done to prevent spider veins include:

Regular exercise

Healthy diet

Adequate hydration

Maintain an appropriate blood pressure

Wear compression socks

Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun.

A healthy lifestyle can prevent or at least slow down the emergence of these spider veins. If however they are already on display, it is important to seek professional help. The treatment for this condition is readily available and can be covered by most health insurance policies. There is no need to put up with the nasty look or wait for it to degenerate into something worse. Nip the problem in the bud and avoid enjoy a confident and comfortable life.