Spider veins, which are sometimes termed thread veins are small, web-like veins which can appear anywhere but are most commonly noticed on the legs and face. Many people suffer from spider veins on the nose which can make them feel very self-conscious and lacking in confidence. Some people even fear that their spider veins may make other people associate them with excessive drinking.
The good news is that spider veins can usually be treated successfully.
Who gets Spider Veins?
Although spider veins can affect anyone, certain factors make them more likely to occur. For example, women are more prone to spider veins than men (and up to half of all women can expect to develop spider veins at some point in their lives). However, facial spider veins appear to occur more commonly in men. Sun exposure, particularly for fair-skinned people; experiencing large temperature fluctuations (like work in a kitchen) and taking medication for pregnancy and birth-control. Menopause can also increase the likelihood of spider veins as does aging. The latter causes loss of collagen and elastin in the skin and blood vessels, leading to loss of elasticity in tiny in affected tissues, including blood vessels.
Although spider veins are often harmless and primarily cosmetic, they may indicate impaired blood flow and may point to an underlying venous disorder (e.g. Chronic Venous Insufficiency, CVI). This is why seeing a venous specialist is recommended for people with spider veins.
Lifestyle and Surgical Treatments
Preventing spider veins in the first place is better than trying to treat them. Since sun exposure is a common trigger for the appearance of spider veins on the nose and cheeks, avoiding direct sunlight and applying sunscreen to the nose and face is advisable. Eating a balanced diet with natural vitamins and minerals will help to ensure that your venous system is as healthy as possible while women on birth control medications or HRT might want to consider talking to their doctor about alternatives.
If you decide that you want to get rid of existing spider veins from your nose, there are several options now available, including sclerotherapy with mild agents, which also works well for larger facial veins, and laser ablation, which may require a number of sessions. Lower extremity spider veins are treated similarly although there is a wider selection of sclerosing agents.
Contacting the Spring of Youth Medical Group in Ocean Springs, MS, would be your first step towards understanding those unsightly veins. We offer treatment characterized by “excellence with a human touch” to those looking for vein treatments within traveling distance from the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Is Damaging Veins Dangerous?
No, because damaged veins are inefficient, useless, or may even harmful vessels. Those veins may predispose to superficial venous thrombosis, or clots. Most thrombosed veins eventually atrophy and get resorbed. Following successful sclerotherapy, laser ablation or microphlebectomy, the body simply recognizes the “injury” and deals with it as healing physiology requires- towards atrophy, resorption and repair. Occasionally patients may experience minor discomfort and redness after the procedure but this usually resolves quickly. A repeat treatment is some times required, since mild sclerosants (fluids) may require a second pass to complete the job. This is the better alternative to using stronger, more effective fluids, since using these may cause damage to certain skin types, or even ulceration. A repeat treatment may be scheduled within a few days to a few weeks later to ensure the skin on the nose has had time to settle and heal.
To find out more about spider veins and vein treatments in general in Mississippi, please visit our Spring of Youth Medical Group website at: www.springofyouthmedical.com. You can also book a consultation with our venous expert by calling (228) 875-0885.