The two types of superficial veins that can be treated at Monterey Bay Vascular by our cosmetic treatments are spider and reticular veins. On one hand, reticular veins appear below your skin, are noticeable but do not usually protrude from your skin. While they can occur all over the body, they are most common in the inner thighs, back of the knees, and ankles. Spider veins, however, are thinner and resemble a “spider web,” hence the name, and can be found in the face, hands, or legs. An array of factors can put people at risk for these problematic veins, such as obesity, old age, pregnancy, extended periods of inactivity, smoking or even certain medications.
Superficial veins are brought on by irregular blood flow. Veins hold an important position in the proper function of our bodies. They deliver blood to the heart, where it is then oxygenated and distributed by the arteries. Over time, vein structure can deteriorate. As the walls of the vein weaken, they are hindered from doing their job accurately, thus resulting in the accumulation of stagnant blood that is meant to be rotated throughout the body. While these are not usually life-threatening, both reticular and spider veins can be unpleasant, cause discomfort, and are a point of insecurity for many patients. This is where the power and precision of the Cutera excel V laser and sclerotherapy injections come into play; they provide the added benefit of cosmetic treatment for unsightly spider and reticular veins.