What Are Spider Veins?
Spider veins and varicose veins are practically a rite of passage. As we age, many of us find the jagged purple lines or swollen bluish cords spreading across our thighs and calves. These warped blood vessels occur in up to 60% of adults. Spider veins are small, very fine, twisted blood vessels that are visible through the skin. They may be red, purple, or blue and most often appear on the legs or face.
Healthy veins carry blood to the heart through a series of one-way valves. These valves allow blood to flow in the right direction from superficial veins to deeper veins and to the heart. The vessels are surrounded by muscles, which contract and help pump blood to the heart. The blood moves towards the heart by one-way valves in the veins and once the valves become weakened or damaged, blood begins to collect in the veins. As a result, the vein tends to bulge and twist. Depending on the size of the blood vessel and extent of swelling, the result is a spider vein or varicose vein. We use the Opus Plasma to treat simple spider veins and discolouration.
Spider veins are enlarged, twisted, and fused veins. These veins can happen anywhere in the body but are more common in the legs where the blood typically settles easier. Spider veins are not considered a serious medical condition, but they can be uncomfortable and lead to more serious futuristic problems. They may be very noticeable as each case can be different.
The cause of spider veins is the increased blood pressure in the veins. The blood moves towards the heart by one-way valves in the veins and once the valves become weakened or damaged, blood begins to collect in the veins. The veins are located near the surface of the skin where discoloration and uneven impression happen.
How We Treat Spider Veins at Amethyst Aesthetics
At Amethyst Aesthetics we use the Opus Plasma; The only fractional laser of its kind on the market that penetrates the skin to effectively minimize and help to diminish spider veins. The Opus Plasma is pulsed for only a fraction of a second to prevent excess heat from being transferred to the surrounding areas. This causes the body to reabsorb the blood vessels that were destroyed. Healthy blood flow is directed back into the deeper vessels where It belongs which help to minimize and/or diminish spider veins. There are fewer side-effects and up to 50% less downtime with this treatment. The Opus Plasma can treat more areas than any conventional resurfacing laser treatments on the market, with twice the overall results.