Las Vegas Vein Center is a comprehensive vein clinic for spider vein treatment.
Spider veins are thin, red vessels that commonly appear on the cheeks, chin and nose are not truly veins, but rather dilated capillaries. Spider veins (red vessels on the surface of the skin) are called telangiectasias and can be treated by the staff of Las Vegas Vein Center with sclerotherapy, and laser treatments called IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) therapy and Laser .
Spider veins, also known medically as telangiectasia or venulectasias, are the mildest manifestation of venous insufficiency, similar to varicose veins but smaller. They are small, often tangled groups of tiny blood vessels just under the skin surface that frequently resemble spider webs or tree branches. They are generally red, blue or purple and are clearly visible, usually on the thighs, lower legs and face. Spider veins can sometimes cover large areas of skin, but they are a cosmetic problem only, rarely causing physical symptoms. At least a third of all women and a smaller percentage of men are believed to display the condition.
Spider veins are capillaries, thin vessels directly connected with the larger venous system, and like varicose veins they are caused by venous reflux. Spider veins may be isolated or associated with “feeder” veins or with larger underlying varicose veins, but they are not varicose veins – they do not bulge above the skin surface and do not require medical treatment.
Spider veins can be diagnosed merely by sight. They tend to take on one of three characteristic patterns – a “sunburst” or spider-web pattern radiating outward from a central point, a “tree-branch” pattern, or a “matting” or linear pattern that may be nothing more than a set of thin lines. Even in the absence of physical discomfort, some physicians observing spider veins prefer to conduct ultrasound exams to determine the extent of the problem and the underlying causes of the condition.
Although spider veins generally don’t have symptoms, the veins deeper in the skin that feed them may cause discomfort. Women are more likely than men to develop spider veins.
Exactly what happens in the body that leads to spider veins isn’t certain, but there are several theories on what leads to the abnormal blood flow that causes them. One theory is that spider veins, which occur near the surface of the skin, are fed by underlying varicose veins that are either too small or too deeply embedded to reach the skin’s surface. These underlying veins disrupt circulation, causing spider veins to appear above them. Another theory is that spider veins are actually little arteries that join the network of veins closest to the surface of the skin. Because arteries are under high pressure and surface veins aren’t, the combination of arterial blood and venous blood would cause spider veins to become visible.