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Broken Capillaries and Spider Veins in the Legs

Broken capillaries and spider veins in your legs are also referred to as telangiectasia which means broken capillaries. There are treatment options available for these unsightly veins.

Broken Capillaries and Spider Veins in the Legs

• Spider veins are caused by swollen and dilated, small veins under the skin. When the pressure inside the vein increases enough to overcome normal resistance of the vein wall, spider veins appear. In women, the ability of veins to resist increased pressure is reduced when the body's estrogen level drops.

• Broken capillaries occur when the final branches in the blood vessel system of the face become broken. They are usually a hereditary problem occurring in individuals with delicate, sensitive, or fragile skin, exacerbated by age and environmental conditions, including alcohol, coffee, and sun.

Laser Therapy for Vein Treatment

With the advanced technology of lasers, treatment of spider veins and deeper, reticular veins, can be done relatively easily right in the cosmetic surgeon's office. Lasers are extremely safe and effective on leg veins, as well as veins visible on the face, neck, and chest. The treatments cause very few side effects and you can resume your regular activities immediately following the procedure.

The Procedure

The number of treatments will be determined during your consultation and depends on the size of the vein and your body's ability to heal. Treatment time lasts from 15 to 30 minutes. During the procedure, the laser's heat damages the vein walls and causes the body to induce a healing process. Once healed, the veins shrink and become less visible or in optimal results, disappear altogether.

In most cases there are no side effects, but swelling and minor bruising can occur. Due to only mild pain associated with the treatment, normal activities may be resumed immediately. It is also advised to limit sun exposure to minimize the risk of complications.

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