Unsightly Veins in Albuquerque
"Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does whatever a spider can ..."
Spider veins—whatever the name, these things aren't fun to look at!
Here's the deal with unsightly veins: The heart pumps blood to supply oxygen and nutrients to all parts of the body. Arteries carry blood from the heart toward the body parts, while veins carry blood from the body parts back to the heart. As the blood is pumped back to the heart, veins act as one-way valves to prevent the blood from flowing backward. If the one-way valve becomes weak, some of the blood can leak back into the vein, collect there, and then become congested or clogged. This congestion will cause the vein to abnormally enlarge. These enlarged, unsightly veins can be either varicose veins or spider veins.
Spider veins are small red to purple veins located on the legs. They differ from varicose veins in that they are smaller, redder and asymptomatic. To many people, the appearance is distressing. Spider veins can be treated by laser or sclerotherapy or a combination of both treatments. Laser treatments work by "burning" the walls of the blood vessels together so that they no longer carry blood and can be reabsorbed by the body. Sclerotherapy involves injecting an irritating substance into the vessels causing the walls of the blood vessels to scar together, again allowing them to be reabsorbed by the body. Small vessels on the face call telangectasias commonly develop from sun exposure or rosacea and can be treated with laser to help them to resolve.