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Understanding Spider Vein Treatment Options

Spider veins usually represent a cosmetic concern instead of a medical problem.  For fair-skinned individuals, these small blue, red, or purple veins are very noticeable.  Understanding spider vein treatment options helps alleviate the concerns prospective patients have about the difficulty of getting rid of these annoying blood vessels.

Spider Vein Basics

It’s no accident that these vessels are called spider veins.  They often appear in a cluster resembling a web.  The Cleveland Clinic says they are actually capillaries and sometimes manage to surround a patient’s varicose veins.  Their most frequent sites are on the legs, ankles, and face. As many as 50 percent of American adults suffer from varicose or spider veins.  Varicose veins are generally the larger of the two types of vessels and form farther below the surface of the skin. While most people associate spider veins with aging, some patients develop them as early as their 20s.  A number of additional factors might play a role in their appearance, according to UCLA Health:

The treatments patients receive at vein clinics are outpatient procedures that create minimal disruption to busy lives.

Spider Vein Treatment Choices

Spider vein patients might undergo a mixture of three types of treatment, depending on the severity of the problem:

No treatment prevents the development of new spider veins.  Some patients return periodically for treatment of new vessels.

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