Many people suffer from having red or purple blood vessels on their legs, which are not veins, but usually dilated capillaries, and these are commonly known as spider leg veins. Getting these veins is either; part of the ageing process, caused by over exposure to the sun, or maybe you simply have a family predisposition to them. Thread veins on the legs are very common, although lots of people feel that the dilated or broken capillaries will compromise their appearance and undermine their confidence.
Superficial leg veins, occur when tiny veins congregate below the surface of the skin, causing red, blue or purple discolorations on the skin. Spider veins get their name from the shape of the visible veins, some are quite small, while others are more noticeable. Although they might make you feel embarrassed, they are harmless and any treatment done on them is usually done for cosmetic reasons only. Spider veins tend to appear mostly on the thighs, ankles and calves, and are more common in women than men.
These spider veins are essentially enlarged superficial blood vessels, red to purple in colour. Leg thread veins can run in the family, appear following injury to the leg, during pregnancy or through hormonal changes.
Before the procedure, a doctor applies a topical anaesthetic cream to decrease discomfort. Laser treatments involve minimal pain, however, whilst we deliver the laser pulses to the treatment area, some people may experience a light stinging sensation on the skin. Leg vein treatments take roughly 15 to 30 minutes, the time varies, depending on the number of veins that need treating.
Help prevent spider veins by:
- Avoid sitting or standing for long periods.
- Poor blood flow and circulation cause spider veins. When sitting down, try to avoid crossing your legs for long periods, as this can cause the vein walls to weaken and spider veins to appear.
- Try to avoid wearing high-heeled shoes, as heels put extra pressure on your legs, restricting the blood flow from the heart to the legs, and this limited circulation can cause spider veins to appear.
- Raise your feet when you’re sitting down. This will improve the circulation and help regulate the blood flow in your veins, reducing swelling in the ankles and calves, reducing the risk of spider veins.
- Wear support tights. They help to stimulate your blood vessels and improve your circulation, and poor circulation often causes spider veins.
- It’s important to use sun cream to protect the skin on your face, but it can also help prevent spider veins from appearing on your legs, calves and ankles.
Infrequently, the treated area will be mildly swollen and sensitive for several weeks after treatment. Keep the area well moisturised and away from sunlight. You should avoid strenuous exercise and we recommend wearing support tights or stocks one week after the treatment.