New advances in laser technology, such as the Aurora Laser System and the IPL Quantum Laser System, now permit the safe and effective removal of small, spider-like veins on the face and nose called telangectasia.
It's estimated that over 60% of the population suffers from varicose veins and spider veins. Varicose veins are enlarged blood vessels that have widened due to a weakness in the vein wall or a problem with the valves that control the flow of blood. Spider veins are the small, superficial purple or red veins stretching like a web under the skin. Overexposure to the sun is believed to contribute to the dilation of spider veins, especially those found on the face.
Unsightly veins become more common with age. Over 40% of middle-aged women (age 40 to 50) report problems with unsightly leg veins. That percentage increases to 72% in women age 60 to 70.
Until recently, treatment for varicose and spider veins was a long and painful process that involved needles and other invasive procedures, sometimes even surgery. New light-based therapies are allowing physicians to successfully treat many types of unsightly veins, simply and non-invasively.
New advances in laser technology now permit the safe and effective removal of small, spider-like veins on the face and nose called telangectasia.
These veins are generally part of the aging process, the result of over exposure to the sun, the result of hormones, or simply due to genetics. Most people feel that these capillaries detract from their appearance. With a quick and easy laser treatment, there is no longer a reason you must live with this condition.
Superficial leg veins (spider veins) are small, thin veins that lie close to the surface of the skin on the leg. Although these super-fine veins are connected with the larger venous system, they are not an essential part of it. A number of factors contribute to the development of spider veins, including heredity, pregnancy and other events that cause hormonal shifts, weight gain, occupations or activities that require prolonged sitting or standing, and the use of certain medications.
Varicose veins differ from spider veins in that they are larger - usually more than a quarter-inch in diameter, darker in color and tend to bulge. Varicose veins are also more likely to cause pain and be related to more serious vein disorders. For some patients, sclerotherapy can be used to treat varicose veins. However, often surgical treatment is necessary for this condition.