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Stretch marks…. and now spider veins?! Learn why!

Ever wonder why those pesky veins and marks have to happen to us? Well wonder no more, here’s the basic rundown of what causes these ailments, and how to fix them best.


Spider Veins

If the valves inside your blood vessels become weak (whether from age or genetic predisposition) and are unable to pump blood back to your heart efficiently. That causes capillaries close to the skin’s surface to show up as little red squiggles, most commonly on the legs. And those, friends, are spider veins.

What Works?

Sclerotherapy: Using a tiny needle, a doctor injects the spider veins with a medicated solution that causes them to collapse and permanently disappear.

Radiofrequency Closure: The blood inside the veins absorbs the wavelength from this laser, creating heat, which contracts the veins. Very small spider veins benefit most; you’ll need several sessions to see a difference.

Stretch Marks

When skin gets stretched too fast, as it can when you gain weight quickly, such as during pregnancy, or if you went through a growth spurt as a teenager, the collagen and elastin fibers in the dermis rupture. The result is scars deep within the skin―stretch marks. New ones are red or dark brown, because the skin becomes inflamed when the fibers break. (You might also notice a change in texture, as if your skin has little divots in it.) With time, most stretch marks lighten in color.

What Works?

Pulse dye laser (for newer stretch marks) The light from this laser is absorbed by the pigment in the irritated area, which heats the blood vessels and makes the vessel walls collapse. The color is reduced significantly, so marks are much less obvious.

Excimer laser (for older marks): The beam increases pigment production, so eventually the silver or white lines become the color of the rest of your skin.


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