Spider Veins in Boston, MA
Led by board-certified internal medicine physician Dr. Rosy Sandhu, Neem Medical Spa, located in Somerville and Winchester and serving the Greater Boston area, offers treatment for spider veins via sclerotherapy.
What are Spider Veins?
Spider veins are small, twisted or tangled clusters of blood vessels that appear blue, purple, or red on the skin’s surface. Similar to varicose veins, spider veins form when blood pools in the affected vein, but spider veins are painless and usually not an indication of underlying health problems.
Spider veins tend to form on the legs and the face, and they can be easily seen through the skin. Although harmless, these tiny, abnormal veins can cause burning, aching, and slight discomfort while standing or sitting for prolonged periods of time. Spider veins can also form due to hormonal changes, injuries, and overexposure to the sun. Spider veins are rarely indicative of a serious medical problem, and at most, they may cause sufferers an uncomfortable itching or burning sensation in the legs.
Spider veins usually appear as one of three shapes or patterns:
- A web-like shape with a cluster of veins spiraling outward from a central point.
- A branched pattern, similar to branches on a tree.
- A linear shape and form a single, thin line down the leg.
Causes of Spider Veins
- Immobility: Prolonged periods of sitting or standing puts the veins under undue stress caused by working harder to pump blood back to the heart. Sitting with your legs in a bent or crossed position can worsen the problem.
- The Natural Aging Process: The valves in our veins weaken with age, making it harder to regulate blood flow back to the heart.
- Heredity: Congenital vein disorders that weaken the valves and veins can increase a person’s risk of developing spider veins. A family history of venous disorders is perhaps the highest risk factor. More than 50% of people who have spider veins have a family history of the condition.
- Hormonal changes: Hormonal fluctuations that occur during pregnancy, menopause, or puberty can increase a woman’s risk of developing spider veins. Contraceptives and other medications that contain certain hormones, such as progesterone and estrogen, can also increase a woman’s likelihood of developing spider veins.
- Pregnancy: During pregnancy, blood volume increases significantly, while the rate of blood flow slows down. This dynamic can stretch and enlarge the veins beyond their capacity. As the uterus grows to accommodate a baby, the veins are placed under additional pressure, which can also trigger the formation of spider and varicose veins. However, most venous conditions that develop during pregnancy usually subside within three months of delivery, but more spider and varicose veins will appear with each additional pregnancy.
- Obesity: Excess body weight weakens and puts undue pressure on the leg veins, giving way to spider veins. However, obesity-related venous conditions tend to reverse and improve with weight loss.
- Sun exposure: Excessive sun exposure can dilate and enlarge facial veins in fair-skinned people, causing spider veins to form on the cheeks or nose.
- Heredity: A family history of blood clots and other related conditions can increase your likelihood of developing spider veins.
- Trauma to skin: Injuries and prior surgeries can cause spider veins to form in the affected area.
Sclerotherapy Treatment for Spider Veins
Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure that diminishes the appearance of spider veins and tiny, thin blood vessels that are positioned near the skin’s surface. The treatment involves several injections of a sodium chloride sclerosing solution into the target vein. This solution irritates the lining of the target vein, which seals it off and causes blood within the vein to clot. The vein becomes less visible on the skin’s surface as it is gradually replaced with scar tissue over the course of several weeks to a few months.
To make an appointment to treat your spider veins via sclerotherapy at Neem Medical Spa, located in Somerville and Winchester and serving the Greater Boston area, please contact us today. We highly suggest scheduling a free consultation via our online form so we can assess your concerns and create a skin care or body plan specifically for your needs.