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Have you been asking yourself “what are spider veins and varicose veins?” Well, they are two of the most common types of visible veins. On the one hand, spider veins are super thin and small superficial veins located in the outer layer of the skin between the dermis and epidermis (which is why they’re visible). They’re called spider veins because they resemble blue or purple spiderwebs. On the other hand, varicose veins are larger and swollen blood vessels that twist and bulge under the skin. 

While most people over the age of 50 will eventually get spider veins and varicose veins, women are more likely to get them. Since blood flow situations cause varicose and spider veins, it’s expected that they occur simultaneously. As a result, it’s very likely that those with spider veins also have varicose veins. Nonetheless, it’s possible to have spider veins without varicose veins.

What causes them?

You must first understand how your blood flows through your body to know how spider veins develop. Your arteries take oxygenated blood from your heart to the rest of your body. Then, your veins take the low oxygen blood back to your heart to be oxygenated again and start the whole circulatory process again. 

Veins have like one-way valves that shoot blood to your heart. When your veins are healthy, the valve closes when the blood flows, preventing backflow. When there are issues with your circulation or muscles, the valve doesn’t close, and blood can fall back down, pooling inside the vein. Pressure builds up when blood cannot flow freely, and vessel walls weaken, resulting in a bulged and twisted vein.

Keep in mind that other factors contribute to having visible veins besides circulatory problems. Physical activity, age, and genetics are other factors to consider. It’s common to see spider and varicose veins on people who spend most of their time standing up or sitting down. Static positions don’t encourage much circulation, which is why they can contribute to these visible veins. 

Can you treat them?

You will find on the market plenty of creams and ointments that claim to get rid of spider veins. However, these simply won’t work. There is one method where you inject a substance and another where you treat it with laser therapy. With laser therapy, a ray of light is emitted into the vein, causing the vein to contract and scar over. How does it exactly work? The laser goes through the skin and heats up the blood in the vessel. As a result, thermocoagulation happens in the vessel, which is then naturally absorbed by your body. Smaller veins disappear almost immediately while larger visible veins take more treatments. The most effective way to get rid of spider veins is through laser therapy.

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