Veins and Broken Capillaries

What are veins and broken capillaries?

Varicose veins, Spider veins and broken capillaries can cause an unsightly appearance, yet in many cases can be easy to treat.

Varicose veins

Varicose veins can be blue, dark purple or even appear flesh coloured. They are often irregular with bulges and twists and may be seen as swollen cords bulging above the surface of the surrounding skin. They are mostly found on the lower limbs but can appear elsewhere on the body.

Inherited factors play a strong role in determining who develops this problem. However, it is believed that hormones may also influence the changes in veins. Women are more likely than men to have this problem and varicose veins may appear for the first time during pregnancy. Pooling of blood is also a major factor in causing changes in the veins and standing for long periods such as sitting with legs crossed and wearing tight garments all contribute to the tendency to develop this problem. Wearing high heels which restricts the activity of the calf muscles also tends to promote changes in the veins. Being inactive, drinking excessively, being obese and smoking also can affect vein health. Varicose veins may appear for the first time in someone who has been injured.

If you suspect you have varicose veins, Dr. Rosenthal recommends you speak to your family physician and request a referral to a vein specialist.  However, smaller varicose veins can be treated at The Rosenthal Clinic.

Spider Veins

Spider veins are a common occurrence. These are smaller veins that appear to be dark red or dark blue in colour. They are often seen in the legs and look like the branches of a tree or can resemble a spider’s web. They are found close to the surface of the skin and can also be present on the face and occasionally they can be found on other parts of the body. Hereditary factors, hormonal changes and even sun exposure may lead to the development of this condition. Excessive exposure to the ultraviolet rays of the sun can lead to the appearance of spider veins on the cheeks, nose and chest. These conditions can have a impact on quality of life, causing embarrassment and self-consciousness.