Questions And Answers About Spider Veins, And What To Do About Them

Spider veins aren’t pretty—but more importantly, they can sometimes cause more serious health or comfort problems in the future. If you’ve been thinking about spider vein removal or simply want some answers, read on.

Here are the most common questions that we get asked about spider veins and spider vein treatments at Pure Touch Skin Center, and the answers.

Why Do I Have Spider Veins?

Most people who have spider veins have them because they’re genetic. (Thank you, Mom and Dad.) However, there are other factors that can cause them. These include pregnancy, obesity, too much sun exposure, changes in hormones, sitting or standing for long periods, and general age.

Most often occurring in the legs, spider veins appear when the valves inside the veins stop working correctly.


When valves become weak or damaged due to the issues mentioned above, the blood can struggle to flow in the correct direction, causing it to collect inside the vein.

Over time, this can cause a bulge in the vein that branches out. Voilà! Spider veins.

Spider veins can also appear on the face. This happens as a result of tiny blood vessels bursting.

Do Spider Veins Indicate Serious Health Problems?

While spider veins alone aren’t too serious, they can be uncomfortable for those who have them. They can often itch or burn, and they can also cause blood to back up inside your legs.

Spider veins can also be the first sign of getting varicose veins if you don’t be careful about exercising more or wearing compression socks/stockings.


What Is The Difference Between Spider Veins And Varicose Veins?

Spider veins have a less severe appearance than varicose veins. They are closer to the skin’s surface, and look like delicate blue, purple, or red “branches”. However, even though they don’t look as bad as varicose veins, many of those who have them still do not like the way they look or how noticeable they can become, and want to learn more about spider vein removal.

Varicose veins often look like blue, red, or flesh-colored cords that bulge and swell from the skin.

Doctors consider spider veins a more minor result of the same problem that causes varicose veins. That is, valves that control blood flow have become weak. Thus, people with spider veins may eventually develop varicose veins and even more severe issues in the future.

How Can I Improve My Spider Veins?

There are several spider vein treatments to improve their appearance. One of the best ways, and a popular treatment that we offer at Pure Touch, is an IPL photofacial.

“IPL” stands for intense pulse light, which pulses to penetrate the skin deeply to target different colors and produce collagen. This treatment uses an IPL laser and is incredibly safe, is very effective, and requires no downtime. Although they are called “photofacials”, this procedure can be done on other parts of the skin as well. It is a spider vein treatment that has significant results to remove spider veins.

IPL photofacials aren’t just for spider veins. If you’re unhappy with any spots, redness, freckles, large pores, blotches, or discoloration, an IPL photofacial can take care of that as well. For any questions about this spider vein removal or other things that IPL photofacials can do, or for a free consultation, please contact us.