One of the most common types of varicose veins is known as superficial leg veins or more popularly called spider veins or capillaries. Therefore, the treatment of spider vein is one of the most demanded vascular treatments today. But what exactly are these capillaries and do they go away on their own?
Capillaries and Causes:
Superficial leg veins are small veins that gather under the surface of the skin and cause blue, red, or purple discolorations. These veins got their name from their spider-like appearance just below the skin’s surface. While most spider veins are not easily noticed, some become more visible as time goes on, leading patients to seek treatment for these capillaries.
Spider veins can be caused by various factors. Heredity and obesity are some of the most common causes of the condition, along with blood clots, hormonal changes, and occupations that require standing for long hours such as teachers, nurses, and factory workers. Studies also show that the risk of developing spider veins increases with age, and medical conditions that increase abdominal pressure can also cause these veins to protrude.
Signs and Symptoms:
Except for a slight burning, spider veins are usually not painful, the first thing patients notice are red or bluish blood vessels appearing on the lower extremities, especially the thighs and legs. Other patients also notice these visible veins on their hands, forearms and even on the face, prompting them to seek treatment immediately.
Will these veins disappear on their own?
Capillaries may be temporary or permanent, depending on the cause in the first place. For example, if caused by temporary risk factors such as pregnancy or obesity, spider veins may disappear on their own after giving birth or if they have lost weight. However, it can be permanent if it is due to heredity or another risk factor that is not properly addressed.
Treatment of Capillaries:
The right treatment for spider veins largely depends on their cause. If obesity is the cause, lifestyle change is the right first step to take. Support stockings may also be recommended to aid circulation in the affected area. But if the condition has already worsened and the patient is uncomfortable with how the affected area looks, treatment of the spider vein will most likely be done to completely get rid of the visible veins.