BROKEN / SPIDER VEINS

What are broken / spider veins?

Broken veins, also known as spider veins, can appear on the legs most commonly but can also be seen on the face and other areas of the body. They occur when the veins become swollen or dilated under the skin and can occur because of genetics, if broken veins run in your family or due to excessive exposure to the sun which can cause veins to swell and come closer to the surface of the skin.

Broken veins can appear as small veins close to the surface to the skin or as small bruise like spots. They don’t usually cause any pain but can ache in the area. Varicose veins are a form of spider vein which can affect deeper veins in the legs and are generally more severe. 

They can be more common if you are overweight, sit or stand for long periods or have hormonal changes, such as during pregnancy or during use of the birth control pill.

A cold compress can be used to reduce the appearance however for longer term solutions laser treatment is a good option to make the veins fade and eventually disappear, it may take a few sessions for more visible veins or a little while after treatment to see full effects. This treatment is very effective for smaller veins. To prevent spider veins you can avoid sitting or standing for long periods, wearing tight fitting clothing and exercising, maintaining a healthy weight.

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