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What are the causes of spider veins?
Spider veins are a result of blood vessels dilation typically on the face or legs. They appear as small red or purple veins that twist and turn which resemble spider webs as the name implies.
Spider veins can occur for a variety of reasons. One of the main causes is genetics as spider veins can be inherited. Checking family history to see if others have experienced spider veins is a way to tell whether you will be affected by the condition at some point in your life.
Hormonal changes can also be attributed to the development of spider veins where transformational stages for the body such as pregnancy, puberty and menopause can be periods where spider veins can form.
Additional causes can involve injury to the skin as well as exposure to ultraviolet light.
Are spider veins common?
Age plays a determining factor in the development of spider veins as they develop over time. This causes them to more likely occur in elderly people. They generally measure around 0.5 and 1 millimetre for the veins themselves.
The Cosmetic Medical Clinic offers laser treatment for the reduction of spider veins’ appearance, offering a safe and hassle-free procedure. Spider veins are much more likely to affect woman than men.
Cosmetic Medical Clinic uses the powerful LBO laser system IDAS for the removal of spider veins and other superficial veins in Sydney. IDAS is the specialist laser in the removal of superficial vascular skin changes. The light with 532 nm wavelength only penetrates about 0.1 to 1mm into the skin and superficial skin changes in the face and on the body are treated effectively whilst protecting the surrounding epidermis.
The versatile IDAS system quickly and safely removes superficial pigment and vascular skin changes on the face and body
See our Vascular Removal page on further information on treatment for spider veins
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