Feeling self-conscious about spider veins? If so, you’re not alone: studies suggest that more than half of all women have noticed these small clusters of red, purple or blue veins appearing on their legs. Thankfully these unsightly and occasionally painful webs -- along with other conditions like angiomas and broken blood vessels and capillaries -- can be erased with laser vein treatment right here in Dr. Doppelt’s office.
Spider Veins, Angiomas and Broken Capillaries, Oh My!
Some people notice spider veins developing in their 20s, for many others they are a normal part of the aging process. Other factors can include:
- Genes and heredity
- Hormonal shifts
- Jobs or activities that require prolonged sitting or standing
- Weight fluctuation
While spider veins usually appear on the legs, angiomas can show up anywhere on the body. An angioma is a raised, benign growth that consists of small blood vessels and is often cherry red in color. While angiomas usually aren’t painful, they can occasionally bleed or make one feel insecure. Doctors aren’t sure what causes angiomas.
Broken capillaries are bruise-like spots that often appear on the face. Unlike bruises, broken capillaries don’t heal quickly on their own. These thread-like veins are result from dilation of blood capillaries can appear anywhere on the body, but commonly show up under the eyes, around the nose, on the cheeks, on breasts or on the back. Like spider veins, broken capillaries can be caused by a number of factors: genetics, pregnancy, injuries, skin damage and hormones can all influence how they develop.
Laser Vein Treatment for Spider Veins, Angiomas and Broken Capillaries
Though spider veins, angiomas and broken capillaries are different conditions, they all have a similar treatment. Laser vein treatment is a non-invasive procedure than can be performed in office to minimize and erase the appearance of these conditions.
During a laser treatment, Dr. Doppelt uses a device to send strong bursts of light into the vein. This light eliminates the spider vein, angioma or broken capillary through the skin – making it slowly fade and disappear. No needles or scalpels are used during laser treatment and each session is minimally painful and little recovery time is needed. You will likely see the spider vein, angioma or broken capillary fade slowly after treatment.
For more information about laser treatments or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Doppelt, call our office at (865) 474-8800 or request an appointment online.