You Don’t Have to Have Spider Veins

Take spider veins, for instance. As we age, it seems as if our legs can become a superhighway of purple, red, and blue veins winding about like a highway through the Smoky Mountains. But you don’t have to tolerate them; you can have them zapped by the team at Northcoast Laser.

What are spider veins?

Spider veins are the little purple and blue squiggly veins just beneath the skin’s surface on the legs, chest, and face. They are related to varicose veins, but varicose veins push upward and bulge the skin surface. Varicose veins usually form on the legs.

What causes spider veins?

Why spider veins develop is not totally understood. The job of all veins is to return blood to the heart. In every vein are valves whose job is to keep the blood flow going one way back to the heart. Sometimes these valves weaken with age and they allow some backward flow that causes pooling. Vein walls can also become weaker with time, allowing pooling. It is believed that jobs where the person has to be on his or her feet all the time can lead to the development of spider veins. There is also a genetic predisposition.

Do I have to treat my spider veins?

No, spider veins don’t really cause any harm. But most people don’t like their cheeks and legs covered with a purple grid of spider veins, so they opt to have the team at Northwest Laser remove them.

How are spider veins removed?

At Northcoast, we put our lasers to work zapping spider veins. When we direct the laser energy onto a spider vein, the pigment in the blood vessel attracts the light energy, which converts to heat. That heat is absorbed by the vein walls, causing them to collapse and close off.

Most patients see immediate results with dramatic fading or complete disappearance of the unwanted vein. Sometimes it can take from 2-8 weeks for the unused vein to completely go away. Some veins require more than one treatment, while others respond to just a single session.

Want to say goodbye to those purple squiggles on your face and legs? Call us at 44-NEW-FACE and let the pros at Northcoast zap them away!