Spider veins are small, dilated (stretched) blood vessels close to the surface of the skin. They are usually small blue or purple veins with a branching pattern commonly found on the thigh, lower leg and face. They may be caused by damage from the sun, trauma to skin, genetics or Skin disorders. Spider veins are progressive in nature and usually increase in number and visibility with age.
Spider vein treatment is recommended if:
Following treatment, the skin may be red and swollen and will require icing to reduce the local inflammation. Treated vessels may look darker for a few days before they begin to fade and disappear. The spider veins will slowly resolve over about 4 weeks. For best results, multiple sessions-spaced at four weeks apart may be necessary.
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