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     Spider veins are smaller, red, purple, and blue vessels that also twist and turn. Spider veins are easily visible through the skin, as well. They are typically visible on the legs and face.

Varicose veins are large, raised, swollen blood vessels that twist and turn. They usually develop in the legs and can be seen through the skin.

Causes of Varicose Veins and Spider Veins


A number of factors predispose a person to varicose veins and spider veins. These include:

•  Genetic factors involving poor circulation that involves to occupations with a lot of standing, such as nurses, hair stylists, teachers, and factory workers are typically the cause of spider veins.  


•  Obesity

•  Hormonal influences of pregnancy, puberty, and menopause

•  The use of birth control pills

•  Postmenopausal hormonal replacement

•  A history of blood clots

•  Conditions that cause increased pressure in the abdomen, such as tumors, constipation, and externally worn garments like girdles.

Other reported causes include trauma or injury to the skin, previous vein surgery, and exposure to ultraviolet rays.


Treating broken capillaries, spider veins and varicose veins in the legs, feet, hands and face is fast and easy when you have every safe, effective vein treatment available to you, including laser, injection and surgical vein correction modalities.



Facial veins are best treated with the Candela Perfecta VBeam laser.  The device is a pulsed dye laser with advanced micro-pulse technology. The laser  targets the red or purple pigment of broken capillaries and telangiectasias, or spider veins, that occur on facial areas including around the nose and on the cheeks. The laser delivers an intense, and gentle light to the skin that is absorbed by the blood vessels in the dermis. These blood vessels are coagulated and then reabsorbed by the body during the natural healing process.

The VBeam laser was designed to rid patients of benign vascular lesions such as facial veins,  leg veins,  rosacea, angiomas, red birth marks, Port wine stains, hemangiomas, striae, venous lake and other red-colored lesions.

For patients with dark or ethnic skin, treating facial spider veins with an Nd:Yag Laser (1064nm wavelength) is typically the  gold standard treatment.



Ambulatory phelbectomy, or vein removal surgery, may be recommended in cases where varicose veins are too big to be treated with injection removal methods but too small for laser vein treatment. A variety of surgical techniques may be used during vein removal surgery, depending on characteristics of the veins being treated.



Sclerotherapy, using a liquid sclerosing agent, or foam sclerotherapy are often the treatments of choice for spider veins that appear in the legs.  Laser vein treatment options also exist and may be used as a alone spider vein treatment or in conjunction with sclerotherapy.


If you’re interested in learning more about our sophisticated vein treatment, we encourage you to contact our office Stone Mountain Skin Health or Pelican Hill to schedule your initial consultation by calling (770) 680-5423 or (770)- 508-8241 (Spanish).



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