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Spider veins are a nuisance to the eye and can sometimes indicate underlying medical problems. These web-like blemishes on your skin may have started as just some tiny spidery lines, but over time they can grow and become more unsightly. They may even indicate that you are having circulatory problems.
The circulatory system pumps the blood throughout the body to deliver nutrients and oxygen that your organs need to function. Once your organs are nourished, your veins will carry the blood back to the heart to receive more nutrients for dispersion. When blood is forced to flow upward against the force of gravity, as it does in the legs, the one-way valves in your veins can malfunction. The blood backs up and causes spider veins and varicose veins in more severe cases.
Spider veins commonly arise on legs and faces, which is a cosmetic worry for many who have them. Genetics, physical trauma, illness, sun exposure, hormones, nutrition, and extended sitting or standing can cause spider veins. The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery informs us that most people will experience some vein malfunction throughout their lives. Women are more likely to develop spider veins due to hormones: over forty percent of women endure vein issues, with 4 out of 5 women having difficulties by the time they reach 80 years of age.
If you’re concerned about spider veins, powerful treatment options are available if you want to minimize their impact. Get in contact with Dr. Gallagher at Island Vein Specialists for a consultation, and set yourself on the road to removing unsightly spider veins.