What are spider veins?
Spider veins are small, damaged veins that can appear on the surface of the legs or face and have a red, blue or purple tone to them. These can also be referred to as thread veins and their appearance looks a little like a spider web, hence the term ‘spider veins’.
They are like varicose veins but a lot smaller. Valves inside the tiny veins are not working properly allowing blood to backflow, pool or burst the vessel, which becomes visible under your skin. They are close to the surface of the skin and tend to be very visible – red or purple in colour.
What causes spider veins?
Spider Veins are very common and often can be a result of working in a job that involves standing for long periods; they can be hereditary or related to obesity and lifestyle. Other causes of spider veins include:
- Sun damage
- Rubbing your face too hard
- Alcohol use
- Free radicals
- Hormonal changes
- Lifestyle factors
How Can Spider Veins Be Treated?
Treating spider veins has several treatment options, the one we recommend is the most advanced aesthetic laser technology from Cutera. This is a laser that combines two wavelengths that can target, reduce, soften and improve the visible signs of spider veins on your legs, body and face.
Our non-surgical treatment delivers pulses of light energy which cause the blood within the vein to coagulate (solidify), eventually destroying the treated vessel.
Book a FREE 15 minute consultation with one of our therapists to discuss the best treatments for you.