Spider Veins in Lima, OH
Dr. Manu B. Aggarwal, MHSA, MD, a board-certified and aesthetic-laser-certified family physician who specializes in vein disease, has been treating patients in Lima, Celina, and the communities surrounding Auglaize County, OH, for more than five years. If you have spider veins or any other vein diseases, Dr. Aggarwal and the staff at the Vein Center can help. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.
What Are Spider Veins?
Spider veins are similar in appearance to varicose veins except they are smaller and are situated closer to the surface of the skin. Varicose veins may be red, fleshy-hued, or blue and often look like twisted cords. The smaller spider veins, as the name suggests, look like the webs of spiders and are often located on either the face or legs. Specifically, the veins, which are medically known as telangiectasias, can appear on the chin, cheeks, or nose. On the legs, they are often seen on the upper part of the thigh, below the knee, and around the ankles.
What Are the Symptoms of Spider Veins?
Aside from being readily visible, spider veins can also cause:
How Do Spider Veins Develop?
The smaller veins can develop from an injury, too much sun exposure, hormonal changes, or from weakened valves that cause a backup of blood. Spider veins may occur as the result of pregnancy, inactivity, or obesity. Telangiectasias can also be brought on by rosacea or exposure to radiation or environmental extremes.
Abnormal circulation of the reticular or medium-sized veins in the leg often causes telangiectasias to develop. More women than men are affected by the condition, mainly as the result of pregnancy. During pregnancy, both spider veins and varicose veins often form because of an increase in the volume of blood. This additional pressure can cause valves to dysfunction which can lead to a pooling of the blood.
Why Spider Veins Form
Spider veins appear in both men and women, with women suffering from the condition slightly more often. In the U.S., approximately 50 percent of people are affected by this vein abnormality. The veins can form due to any number of the following reasons:
- Age factors into the development of spider veins as the valves in blood vessels generally weaken over time.
- Hormones can influence development, especially during times such as pregnancy and menopause. Pregnancy causes a large increase in blood flow, which results in the veins often becoming enlarged in order to keep pace. Additional spider veins can also form after each pregnancy.
- Medications such as birth control pills and those that contain progesterone or estrogen often result in the formation of spider veins.
- Obesity can also cause abnormal veins to form, as additional pressure is exerted on the vein walls.
- Inactivity affects the development of spider veins too. People who stand or sit for long periods of time often suffer from spider veins far more than people who are active.
- Family history is another reason for the formation of abnormal veins. If someone in your family has experienced spider veins, the chances are greater that you might have them too.
- Overexposure to the sun can cause spider veins to appear on the face, especially in the areas of the cheeks and nose.
While spider veins alone do not threaten one’s health, their removal is certainly a positive way to feel better about how you look physically.
What Methods of Spider Vein Treatment Are Available at the Vein Care Center?
The Vein Care Center offers state-of-the-art care for spider vein treatment:
The Vein Care Center is the only office in region to provide different types of corrective treatment for spider veins, none of which interfere with your normal, day-to-day activities. Patients in the Lima, Celina and the greater Auglaize County, OH, area have entrusted Dr. Manu B. Aggarwal, MHSA, MD, a board-certified and aesthetic-laser-certified family physician with expertise in treating venous conditions, with their care for more than five years. Contact us today to find out more about how we can help you.