What Causes Spider Veins And How Are They Treated?

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For many men and women, spider veins are a common part of getting older. Spider veins look like red, blue, or purple spots on the surface of your skin, usually on your face or legs. While spider veins are usually harmless, many men and women simply do not like the cosmetic appearance of spider veins and wish to find a solution to address this frustration.

Board-certified physician Dr. Stuart B. Porter and the skilled team at Xage Medical Spa are pleased to offer laser vein removal to treat spider veins in Provo, UT. Depending on your specific needs and goals, our team will create a customized spider vein treatment plan to help you look radiant and youthful while boosting your confidence. If you want to find out more about how to stop spider veins from appearing, we invite you to contact our office to schedule a consultation.

Spider vein symptoms

Spider veins are clusters of tiny, dilated blood vessels that appear just below the surface of your skin. They often appear blue, red, or purple, or a combination of the colors. They get the name “spider” veins because they look like spider webs. For many individuals, the problem is highly visible and difficult to mask.

What causes spider veins?

Spider veins are caused by weakened, damaged valves inside the veins. In healthy veins, blood flows toward the heart, but in spider veins, the blood flows backward and builds up, putting pressure on the vein. Spider veins are often hereditary, but they can also be caused by hormones, injury, obesity, or standing for long periods of time. In general, spider veins are not a painful condition, but they can still be a cosmetic concern.

How does laser vein removal work?

Laser vein removal is a noninvasive treatment performed to reduce the appearance of mild to moderate spider veins on the face and body. At Xage Medical Spa, we use the Alma Harmony XL PRO laser, which sends targeted energy into the skin to collapse the affected blood vessel walls and decrease the look of spider veins. The treatment lasts about 20 – 40 minutes. Dr. Porter will let you know whether multiple laser sessions are needed to produce your best outcomes.

Do spider veins return after treatments?

Following your laser vein session, the appearance of spider veins should begin to diminish over 2 – 6 weeks as the veins are absorbed by your body. After that, your complexion should appear smoother and more even. Once your spider veins are treated, they typically do not return. However, since your body is constantly forming new blood vessels as it heals, it is possible to develop new spider veins in the future. Our team in Provo, UT can discuss creating a plan for follow-up treatments if needed.

Improve the appearance of spider veins in Provo, UT

If you’re tired of embarrassing spider veins that cause you to avoid wearing certain clothing, like swimsuits or shorts, you may benefit from a laser vein removal treatment. At Xage Medical Spa, we want to help you love your appearance so you can feel confident again. Dr. Stuart B. Porter is an expert in laser vein removal treatments to address unsightly spider veins so contact our office in Provo, UT to book your consultation.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.