Spider veins, also called telangiectasia, are an unaesthetic circulatory condition which can occur virtually anywhere on the body. The occurrence of this abnormal venous issue is often linked to varicose veins, but can occur completely independent of other problematic venous or arterial concerns. Some of the typical anatomical locations affected by telangiectasia include the lower leg, feet, face, breast and buttocks.
Areas which are highly visible present the most common reason cited for treatment. This is because most affected patients find these venous marks to be aesthetically unappealing and even downright ugly.
What are Spider Veins?
The telangiectasia condition is characterized by small veins which exist right at the surface of the skin, creating a patterned and unattractive display of vascular tissue. Typically, the veins are red or blue, but can also appear brownish in some patients.
The vast majority of telangiectasia cases are asymptomatic and do not present any health concerns, since the circulatory structures involved are so small.
However, the look of the condition can be emotionally painful; so many patients choose to seek out treatment, especially if the condition appears in a highly visible location or grows to occupy a considerable area of the anatomy.
There are many possible reasons for telangiectasia to occur.
Here are some of the typical risk factors for developing this distinctive venous issue:
Women are more likely to get telangiectasia than men, by a ratio of at least 4 to 1.
Patients with rosacea, and some other types of skin conditions, are more likely to acquire the characteristics of telangiectasia.
Trauma to skin from injury, exposure to cold, radiation or sun damage, will increase the occurrence of telangiectasia.
Some cases may be a side effect of certain pharmaceutical products.
Many women develop telangiectasia during pregnancy and both men and women are more likely to get these venous issues near stretch marks anywhere on the anatomy.
Removal of Spider Veins
Telangiectasia is not a physical health hazard, but can certainly create psychoemotional issues relating to poor body image, a lack of self confidence and overall insecurity.
Luckily, treatment for telangiectasia is easy, generally effective and does not require surgery. In fact, simple therapy methods, such as sclerotherapy, will resolve most cases in a short time frame.
In order to fully understand why your veins have become unaesthetic, and find effectual treatment which will solve your dilemma, consult with a qualified plastic surgeon or seek out a specialist in phlebology.