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Spider Veins Specialist


Cardiologists & Vein Care located in Santa Monica, CA

Even though they’re harmless, spider veins may make you feel self-conscious about showing your legs. If you’d like to wear shorts again, laser spider vein therapy at Access in Venice, CA, can restore your confidence. The noninvasive procedure takes care of those unsightly lines with zero downtime. Call our office or use the online scheduler to book your next session.

Spider Veins Q & A

What causes spider veins?

Spider veins are harmless, web-like veins that appear when blood vessels close to the skin’s surface dilate or blood backs up inside them. Spider veins are also thought to be influenced by:

  • Hormone changes
  • Sun exposure
  • Injury
  • Pregnancy
  • Obesity
  • Aging

These conditions weaken blood vessels or place extra pressure on the veins. During pregnancy, for example, a woman’s blood volume increases dramatically, leading to enlarged veins.

Spider veins commonly occur in the legs because of their distance from the heart and the forces of body weight and gravity on your lower extremities. They’re also more noticeable on the face, where the skin is thinner.

How can I prevent spider veins?

Spider veins are a common condition, especially among women, as you get older. Although genetic factors play a role in your chances of developing spider veins, you can take preventive measures to help inhibit them. The best ways to control your risk factors are to:

  • Exercise regularly
  • Lose excess weight
  • Elevate legs during sleep
  • Avoid hot baths and hot tubs
  • Wear loose clothing with compression garments
  • Avoid sitting or standing for long periods
  • Wear sunscreen

These strategies help reduce pressure, prevent blood pooling, and increase circulation.

What treatment options are available for spider veins?

Our office uses Cutera CoolGlide® therapy to deliver light energy to the veins, which causes the blood inside the targeted blood vessels to coagulate. Eventually, the body reabsorbs the blood vessel and it disappears. Blood flow is rerouted through deeper veins inside your legs.

What are the benefits of laser therapy for spider veins?

CoolGlide laser therapy boasts many benefits for women who wish to diminish the appearance of spider veins and vascular imperfections, including:

  • High success rate
  • Safe procedure
  • Easy recovery
  • Ability to target veins while leaving the surrounding tissue intact
  • No needles or incisions
  • Appropriate for all skin tones

After the relatively painless treatment, you can return to your normal activity. You should, however, avoid strenuous exercise for the first 24 hours.

If noticeable spider veins bother you, explore your laser therapy options at our practice. Call or use the online scheduler to set up a consultation.