Nearly half of the adult population suffers from undesirable and sometimes painful vein conditions.
While many patients consider varicose and spider veins to be an unsightly cosmetic issue, if left untreated varicose veins can worsen and eventually cause pain, swelling and aching in the legs as well as skin changes such as rashes, redness and sores.
Facial veins or broken blood vessels are often actually spider veins or thread veins. Spider veins are small enlarged superficial blood vessels that appear red or blue. Spider veins are like varicose veins but smaller. They also are closer to the surface of the skin than varicose veins. They can look like tree branches or spiderwebs with their short, jagged lines. They can be found on the legs and face and can cover either a very small or very large area of skin.
Spider veins commonly occur on the legs, but frequently occur on the face or elsewhere. Information sheet
Varicose veins are veins that have become enlarged and tortuous. They often look like cords and appear twisted and bulging. They can be swollen and raised above the surface of the skin. Varicose veins are often found on legs: on the thighs, backs of the calves, or the inside of the leg. About 50 to 55 percent of women and 40 to 45 percent of men in North America suffer from some type of vein problem. Varicose veins affect half of people 50 years and older.
When veins become varicose, the leaflets of the valves that prevent blood from flowing backwards no longer meet properly, and the valves do not work. This allows blood to flow backwards and they enlarge. Besides cosmetic problems, varicose veins are often painful, especially when standing or walking. They often itch, and scratching them can cause ulcers. Information sheet
Reticular veins are also known as Feeder veins. They are dilated veins that appear bluish or greenish in color and will be visible to the eye. They are usually considered a cosmetic problem, and may not create any noteworthy medical complications. A common cause of reticular vein formation may be genetic; some of us may be born with weak veins. Another common cause may be hormonal imbalances, like that of Progesterone.
To learn about your best options for treating these vein conditions and create a healthier look, book a consultation with Dr. Hynscht, MD at RiNu MediSpa.