Varicose veins are blood vessels, which return blood from the legs to the heart. The real, working venous system for the legs lies deeper, this is good news, because it means that if the surface veins begin to clump up and bulge, they can be removed or destroyed without ruining circulation to the leg.
The National Institutes of Health estimates that 60% of all men and women suffer from some form of vein disorder. A quarter of varicose vein sufferers are men, but almost always women are the ones seeking help to treat spider veins.
Spider veins, the more delicate red or blue tracings that can pop up on the skin’s surface like spider webs, are a minor form of varicose veins and can precede development of the unsightly variation or cause cosmetic concerns of their own. Sun exposure can make spider veins worse by breaking down collagen under the skin.
Both varicose and spider veins result when valves designed to keep blood from running backward away from the heart and back down into the leg fail or become loose and flabby — allowing backwash, which stretches veins and even slowly leaks into ankle and leg tissue, causing swelling.
Aging, sun exposure and other factors can cause the appearance of broken capillaries and blood vessels on the face, known as telangiectasia’s, which appear as spider veins. Sometimes broken capillaries can cause a diffused redness in the skin, called erythema, a source of social embarrassment for many people. Rosacea is a common skin condition that is characterized by diffused erythema. All of these conditions respond well to IPL.