Spider veins are small, thin veins that appear as small clusters of red, blue or purple veins. Spider veins are formed by the dilation of a small group of blood vessels located close to the surface of the skin. Although they can show up anywhere on the body, spider veins are most commonly found on the face, thighs, calves, and ankles.
Although the exact cause of spider veins is unknown, there are some risk factors associated with the development of spider veins. These include:
Varicose veins differ from spider veins in that they appear as large, twisted, or ropey dark blue veins that bulge from the skin. These are most commonly caused by venous reflux.
The most common treatments for veins are sclerotherapy and lasers. In some cases, surgical treatment may be called for.
Cutera’s CoolGlide is a laser spider vein treatment that provides a quick, safe and effective method for removing your small, unsightly veins. This laser spider vein treatment is preferred by many patients since it doesn’t involve painful injections. Instead, Cutera’s CoolGlide delivers pulses of light energy that cause the blood to thicken and destroy the vein. Our laser spider vein treatment is especially amazing because it can treat patients of all skin tones.
When going through the laser spider vein treatment, you may feel a slight stinging sensation as the pulses of energy are doing their job, but this feeling is short-lived. Patients usually need one or two treatments, depending on their needs; everyone is different. The laser spider vein treatment leaves minimal or no bruising and results are visible within two to six weeks for many patients. You’ll be showing off those legs in no time!