Spider Veins

Little blood vessels visible on your skin’s surface aren’t cause for any concern. You might, however, be drawn to them in a mirror or find that they take focus away from your beautiful skin. In any case, vascular surgeon Farouk Marzouk, MD, in the Bay Ridge neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, can make your spider veins vanish with sclerotherapy or laser therapy. To find out which treatment is best for your spider veins, call Frontier Medical Care LLC or book an appointment online today.

    Spider Veins Q & A

    What are spider veins?

    Those tiny purple, blue, or red veins that you can see on the surface of your skin are called spider veins. While you can get them in any place on your body, they usually appear on your face or legs. They aren’t harmful to your health and don’t typically cause symptoms, but the effect they have on your appearance may prompt you to look for a treatment to make them disappear.

     

    Why do I have spider veins?

    If spider veins appear on your legs, it is likely due to the fact that the valves within your veins have stopped working properly and cannot stop blood from flowing backward. These valves work against gravity to push blood back up to your heart, so it isn’t uncommon for them to become weaker over time.

    If spider veins appear on your face, it’s usually because a blood vessel burst. This can happen because of too much sun exposure or a sudden change in pressure, due to a large sneeze or holding in a cough. Some factors may put you at a higher risk of developing lots of spider veins than others, including:

    Pregnancy
    Alcohol consumption
    Sun exposure
    Weather changes
    Rosacea
    Genetics
    You can get spider veins as a man or a woman, but women have a smaller percentage chance of getting them. Spider veins are not uncommon, and they’re easy to treat if you choose to alleviate them.

    What are my treatment options for spider veins?

    At Frontier Medical Care LLC, Dr. Marzouk offers two therapies for spider veins to help clear your skin’s surface of them. They are:

    Laser therapy
    During laser therapy for spider veins, Dr. Marzouk directs a powerful laser light beam onto your spider veins. The energy from the laser heats the vein until it’s destroyed, shrinking the vein until it eventually disappears. This is the most common treatment for facial spider veins.

    Sclerotherapy
    Sclerotherapy, the better treatment for leg spider veins, uses an injected chemical solution to cause your spider veins to close. Without blood flow, the closed vein eventually gets absorbed into nearby tissues.

    If you’d prefer skin free of visible blood vessels, call Frontier Medical Care LLC or book your spider vein treatment consultation online today.

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