WHAT ARE FACIAL & LEG VEINS?
The legs and the face are two of the most common areas where unsightly veins show up on the surface of the skin. You may have heard of spider veins and varicose veins before. Spider veins are harmless but many people choose to have them removed for cosmetic reasons. Varicose veins, on the other hand, can cause more serious medical issues. Either way, both types of veins can be removed effectively and easily at Halo Med Spa.
WHAT ARE SPIDER VEINS?
Spider veins are small dilated blood vessels that occur close to the skin, and are usually found near the nostrils, on the tip of the nose, in front of the ears, and sometimes on the cheeks. But they can develop anywhere on the body. They are not the same as varicose veins, which are bigger blue veins that protrude from the skin and are mainly seen on the legs.
As we age and our skin loses volume, the skin becomes more translucent and spider veins become more evident. Genetics can play a role and sun damage can exacerbate the condition. They are usually easy to camouflage, but sometimes we just want to be rid of them once and for all.
WHAT ARE VARICOSE VEINS?
Varicose veins are enlarged, gnarled veins that are usually blue or dark purple in color. They commonly affect the legs and feet, and unlike spider veins, they can cause aches and pain. Varicose veins can also lead to more serious medical problems, like circulatory issues. As we age, our veins lose elasticity, causing them to stretch. When valves in the veins weaken, blood that should move toward the heart flows backward. Blood pools then enlarge the veins and they become varicose.
Varicose veins are commonly found on the legs because the veins in this area must work against gravity to return blood to your heart so that it can be recirculated. Muscle contractions and elastic vein walls help to work against gravity, but as we age, a vein can lose its elasticity. The blood that should be moving toward your heart flows backward as result. Pregnant women can also develop varicose veins, as their circulatory system adapts to support the growing fetus, decreasing blood flow from the legs to the pelvis.