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Vein Specialist

Vein Specialist & Cosmetic Specialist in Woodbury, Edina, & Fridley, MN

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Spider Veins
If you’re troubled by the appearance of spider veins, help is available through the care of the team at Afzal Clinics with office locations in Fridley, Edina, and Woodbury, Minnesota. Advanced therapies can reduce the appearance of spider veins and help you feel more comfortable about the appearance of your skin. Call or click online today to set up a personalized consultation.  
Spider Veins Q & A

What are spider veins?

Spider veins are small areas of damaged veins that show through the surface of your skin. Usually found on the face or legs, spider veins can be difficult to conceal.

These small clusters of damaged veins develop when tiny blood vessels burst or become clogged, allowing blood to pool and expand the walls of affected blood vessels. 

Spider veins can be red, blue, or purple and often appear in slightly rounded clusters of thin lines or branches. They can look much like a small spider web, which is how they came to be known as spider veins.

Varicose veins are also caused by blood flow problems, but they are different from spider veins. Varicose veins are deeper and larger than spider veins, and they often cause pain and other problems.

Am I at risk for developing spider veins?

Anyone can develop spider veins, but certain factors increase your risk level. Some of the conditions that are linked to a higher risk of spider veins include:

  • Genetic predisposition
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Using birth control or hormone replacement therapy
  • History of blood clots or vein problems
  • Pregnancy and the pressure of pushing during childbirth

Anything that causes strain in your face, such as coughing, laughing, or sneezing, can also cause spider veins to develop, especially if you are already predisposed to the condition. 

What kinds of treatments can help with spider veins?

There are many ways to treat spider veins, and there’s a solution for just about every set of needs. In some cases, you can improve your spider veins at home through self-care efforts. Support pantyhose or gradient compression socks and stockings can help. Prescription compression stockings are also available.

Sclerotherapy is another option that treats spider veins by introducing a chemical irritant directly into the affected veins. This prompts the treated veins to collapse, which prevents blood from entering the area.

It takes up to six weeks for your body to fully absorb and eliminate the damaged tissues. Over his 10 years of treating spider veins, Dr. Afzal has performed more than 200,000 injections.  

When you’re ready to say goodbye to your spider veins, call Afzal Clinics to schedule a visit. Online booking is also available and is a convenient way to book from home, any time of day or night.