Varicose veins and spider veins are two of the most common vein conditions that people deal with. A varicose vein is large and swollen, with a blue or dark purple coloring. They often look bulging and twisted, and can rise up above the surface of the skin. While varicose veins aren’t usually painful, they can produce an achy or heavy feeling or a burning, throbbing sensation.
A spider vein is similar, but they are smaller in size, can be found closer to the surface of the skin, and are often red or blue. Symptoms include:
- throbbing pain
- a burning sensation
These vein conditions are commonly found on the legs because the veins in your legs must work against gravity to return blood to your heart so that it can be recirculated. Muscle contractions and elastic vein walls help with the fight 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, and this leads to varicose vein issues. Pregnant women might also experience these conditions, as their circulatory system adapts to support the growing fetus, decreasing blood flow from the legs to the pelvis.
Laser vein removal in Los Angeles
Dr. Rubinstein uses the VBeam laser to address vein concerns. If you’d like to get rid of unsightly cosmetic issues, please schedule a consultation or click on the V-Beam link below to find out more about the treatments.
*Individual results may vary; not a guarantee.