Say Goodbye To Spider Veins For Good

Do you suffer from facial redness or mottled skin caused by spider veins? If so, you’re not alone. Spider veins are a common skin complaint in New Zealand, brought on by a combination of environmental and lifestyle factors. As with any skin anomaly, spider veins make many people feel self-conscious, forcing them to wear certain clothing or rely on cosmetics to disguise the redness. 

Fortunately, there are treatments available that can help get rid of spider veins for good. Whether you’re looking for an effective treatment or want to prevent spider veins from forming in the first place, you’ll find the answers you’re looking for in this article. So if you’re ready to say goodbye to spider veins once and for all, keep reading!

What are spider veins, and what causes them?

Spider veins are the effect of an over-dilated vein that is sitting close to the skin’s surface. Also known as broken capillaries, they’re red and spread out in a web-like pattern.

In New Zealand, approximately 60% of people over the age of 30 report having spider veins. They’re usually located on the hands, face or legs and can occur for a number of reasons, including age, sun exposure and long periods of sitting or standing. Trauma to the area can also cause spider veins such as blowing your nose, and folding your leg over your knee for extended periods.

What are the treatment options for spider veins?

There are a number of options available to help get rid of spider veins. Some of the most common treatments include:

Sclerotherapy: This is a procedure in which a doctor injects a solution into the spider vein, which causes it to collapse and fade away. This is a suitable option for deep blue or purple veins mostly located on the body.

Laser therapy: This is a non-invasive treatment in which a laser is used to destroy the spider vein. This option is suitable for the red veins located close to the surface of the skin.

At Dermal Glow, we offer BBL® Corrective, a type of laser therapy that uses a photothermal ray to gently heat the upper layers of the skin. This not only stimulates the regeneration of new skin cells but also directs heat into fine, red, broken blood vessels near the surface of the skin, essentially cauterising them from the outside. Many people experience a significant improvement in the appearance of their spider veins after 1-2 treatments; however, this varies by patient. Book a consultation today, and our aestheticians will help determine what results you can expect from your skin type. 

How can you prevent spider veins from forming?

As with so many things in life, prevention is better than cure. With that in mind, here are a few things you can do to help prevent spider veins from forming. 

Wear sunscreen

Regular unprotected sun exposure and sunburn are the main cause of spider veins. With so much sunshine in our corner of the world, it’s more important than ever to wear sunscreen every day to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. 

Remember, too, to apply sunscreen to your hands and the back of your knees, which are common areas for spider veins to appear. 

Lead a healthy lifestyle

A diet high in sugar, salt and alcohol can encourage spider veins to flourish, so be sure to enjoy these things in moderation. Exercise helps to improve blood circulation, which can reduce the risk of developing spider veins.

If you sit or stand for long periods, look for opportunities to shift and stretch your body, reducing strain on areas where spider veins may occur.

If spider veins are making you feel uncomfortable in your skin, help is available. Reach out to our team and book your first consultation. Together, we’ll tailor a plan to regenerate and renew your skin.