Spider Veins Los Angeles
Spider veins (Telangiectasias) are small, red, blue or purple superficial veins commonly appearing as thin wiggly lines on the thighs, legs and ankles. Spider veins usually take on one of three basic patterns: they may appear in a true spider shape with a group of veins radiating outward from a dark central point (A); they may be arbored and take branch-like shapes (B); or they appear as separate lines, each about the size of a large hair (C). Linear spider veins are commonly seen on the inner knee, whereas the arbored pattern often appears on the outer thigh in a sunburst or cartwheel distribution.
SPIDER VEIN PATTERNS
While it is true that there are some conditions like pregnancy, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, localized trauma or general aging that may hasten the appearance of spider veins, the vast majority of patients have a genetic predisposition to develop them. Chest and Facial spider veins, on the other hand, usually appear due to sun damage. Note that the genetic tendency is not always expressed in every individual in the family. It may sometimes skip a generation or two.
Spider veins occur in the general population much more commonly than varicose veins. In fact, most people who have spider veins do not have varicose veins. However, once venous reflux occurs and varicose (bulging) veins form, the pressure in these veins leads to accelerated and often uncontrolled growth of spider vein clusters. In the absence of venous reflux, spider veins occur spontaneously and independently due to the inherent weakness of the one-way valve system of the smaller veins of the legs. These veins subsequently dilate, expand and recruit ever smaller network of thinner surface veins that are visible to the naked eye.
It should be pointed out that pregnancy is the most common precipitating event for the appearance of spider and blue veins in the child-bearing age female population, wearing high compression stocking in the third trimester may have some preventative benefits in these patients. Other preventative measures may include being physically active, avoiding prolonged periods of standing, and keeping your weight in check. Wearing high compression stockings consistently may have theoretical preventative benefit, but is unacceptable to most patients. Interestingly, most of the patients that seek spider vein removal are otherwise healthy, fit, physically active, and relatively young, in the 30-55 age range.
Spider veins and their feeder vein counterparts are often perceived as a cosmetic problem, but in some patients they could be associated with disproportionately severe symptoms similar to those occurring with varicose veins.
Treatment of Spider Veins
Please go to spider vein removal to read about the treatment of these unsightly veins, or click non surgical vein treatments to read about the many minimally invasive vein treatment techniques currently offered by advanced vein centers and clinics, including our vein center, Nu Vela.