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Spider Veins

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    Main causes

    This vascular appearances can be inherited or caused by hormonal changes. They can also appear as the result of an injury to the skin.

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    Prevention

    Over time, consistent exercise can assist in reducing their appearance or negate the veins altogether.

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    Varicose

    Spider veins are networks of veins; red, blue or purple in appearance whereas varicose veins are larger and stick out.

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    Commonality

    50-55 percent of women suffer from this condition (Womenshealth.gov, 2017).

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.

These vascular appearances can occur for a variety of reasons, and one of the primary causes is genetics. 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 this skin condition. Transformational stages for the body such as pregnancy, puberty, and menopause can be periods where it can form. Additional causes can involve injury to the skin as well as exposure to ultraviolet light.

Are these common?

Age plays a determining factor in the development of spider veins as they develop over time. As such, elderly people are more prone to this condition.  Additionally, these are much more likely to affect women than men. These veins generally measure around 0.5 and 1 millimetre in diameter.

The Cosmetic Medical Clinic offers laser spider veins treatment, which is a safe and hassle-free procedure.

Vascular Treatment

Vascular Removal Treatment at Cosmetic Medical Clinic - CMC - Sydney

Cosmetic Medical Clinic uses the powerful LBO laser system IDAS for the removal of spider veins and other superficial veins. 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, while at the same time 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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