You’re so Vein
We all have our 5 minutes in front of the mirror every day. You probably find that you either spend it loving yourself or finding your faults. As we get older or go through a pregnancy, we notice small vascularity’s popping up on our Face, Décolletage and legs. In time these seem to increase in number. Annoying, right? There are different types of veins and so many factors that cause them. Luckily, the aesthetic industry also has an array of treatments available to help treat those vascular entities. Let’s delve a little bit deeper…
What type of veins do I see popping up?
Telangiectasia are tiny red venules (minute blood vessels), most commonly found on the face and décolletage area. Sometimes also called spider veins, these networks of veins become dilated due to pressure from prolonged heat exposure like the sun. Researchers also believe that alcoholism, pregnancy, rosacea, ageing, dermatomyositis etc. can result in Telangiectasia and cause them to flare up.
Picture: Telangiectasia on cheek
Spider veins are also small veins that are either red, blue or purple. They are most commonly found on the legs and feet and are called spider veins as they often look like spider legs. These occur when there is prolonged pressure in the flow of blood through the vessels. They can be caused by hormonal fluctuations, long periods of standing at work, obesity, etc.
Picture: difference between a varicose vein and a spider vein
Varicose veins are larger blue and purple veins usually found in legs. They appear to be bulging through the skin. This happens when there is either damage to the valves and vein walls or/and excessive pressure on the veins, making it impossible for the valves to close properly. This can be caused by pregnancy, obesity, blood clots, occupations where you are on your feet for long periods etc. They can also be heredity.
Picture: Difference between a healthy vein and a spider vein.
What can be done to treat them?
There are a few things you can do to either treat or help prevent veins abnormalities.
- Wear support stockings especially if you are required to stand a lot at your job or fly regularly.
- Improving your life style. If you are overweight, you will need to lose weight. Taking regular walks are also good as it helps with blood circulation.
- Intense pulsed light therapy. We use our Alma Harmony Lite machine to help treat Telangiectasia. It requires a minimum of 3 treatments each 3-4 weeks apart for best results.
- This is where a sclerosant agent is injected into the vein, causing it to ‘stick together’ and be absorbed through the body. We also offer this service.
- Surgery is often recommended for patients with varicose veins that cause problems like swollen ankles, pain and discomfort.
After all of this, you probably think this song is about you. Well, if it is, then you best give us a call so that we can see how we can assist you with your vascular concerns.
- Bryg, R.J. 2016. OnHealth, ‘Spider and Varicose Veins’, https://www.onhealth.com/content/1/varicose_vein_treatment – Accessed: March 2018
- Cobb, C. 2017. Healthline, ‘Telangiectasia (Spider Veins)’, https://www.healthline.com/health/telangiectasia – Accessed: March 2018.
- DerSarkissian, C. 2016. Web MD, ‘Varicose Veins and Spider Veins’, https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/cosmetic-procedures-spider-veins#1 – Accessed: March 2018.
Written By: Danike Bouwer
Edited By: Dr Jenni Irvine
©The Aesthetics Centre April 2018