Spider Veins & Angiomas: Causes, Treatments, and Prevention

Spider Veins & Angiomas Causes, Treatments, and Prevention

Spider veins and angiomas are common vascular conditions that can affect anyone but are particularly prevalent among women. These conditions often manifest as visible red or purple web-like veins, typically appearing on the legs and face or small red spots on the skin. While they are usually harmless, they can cause discomfort and self-consciousness, prompting many to seek treatment.

Knowing the underlying causes is necessary for effectively addressing spider veins and angiomas. Factors such as genetics, hormonal changes, prolonged standing, and sun exposure play significant roles in their development. For those affected, we offer treatment options that guarantee results; here’s what you should know. 

What are Spider Veins and Angiomas?

Spider veins and angiomas are common vascular conditions many people encounter, often causing cosmetic concerns or minor discomfort. 

1.) Spider Veins

Spider veins, medically known as telangiectasias, are small, dilated blood vessels that emerge close to the skin’s surface. They typically present as fine red, blue, or purple lines resembling a spider’s web or tree branches, hence the name “spider veins.” They are most commonly found on the legs and face but can occur anywhere on the body.

Causes and Risk Factors:

  1. Genetics: A family chronology of spider veins can increase the likelihood of developing them.
  2. Hormonal Changes: Oscillations in hormone levels due to pregnancy, menopause, or birth control pills can contribute to the formation of spider veins.
  3. Sun Exposure: Lengthy exposure to the sun can damage blood vessels, especially on the face.
  4. Prolonged Standing or Sitting: Occupations or activities that require long periods of standing or sitting can increase pressure in the veins of the legs, leading to spider veins.
  5. Trauma or Injury: Previous injuries to the skin or veins can cause spider veins to develop in the affected area.
  6. Lifestyle Factors: Obesity, lack of physical training, and wearing tight clothing can contribute to the development of spider veins.

2.) Angiomas

Angiomas are benign growths that consist of small blood vessels. There are different types of angiomas, but two of the most common are cherry angiomas and spider angiomas.

  1. Cherry Angiomas: Cherry angiomas are small, red, dome-shaped lesions often appearing on the body’s trunk. An overgrowth of blood vessels causes them and is typically harmless. These angiomas are common in adults over 30 and tend to increase in number with age.
  2. Spider Angiomas: Spider angiomas, also known as spider nevus, are similar in appearance to spider veins but are slightly different. They have a central red spot with radiating capillaries, resembling a spider. These angiomas are often seen on the face, neck, and upper part of the body. They can be associated with hormonal changes, liver disease, and certain medical conditions.

Causes and Risk Factors:

  1. Hormonal Changes: Pregnancy and use of oral contraceptives can lead to the development of spider angiomas.
  2. Liver Disease: Conditions such as cirrhosis can be associated with multiple spider angiomas.
  3. Genetics: A family history of angiomas can increase the risk of developing them.
  4. Age: The occurrence of cherry angiomas increases with age.

3.) Diagnosis and Significance

Both spider veins and angiomas are primarily diagnosed through visual examination by a healthcare professional. While they are typically harmless and do not require therapy, individuals may seek medical advice for aesthetic reasons or if the lesions cause discomfort.

Spider veins and angiomas can sometimes indicate underlying health conditions, particularly when they appear in large numbers or suddenly. It is important to consult a healthcare provider to rule out any serious conditions and discuss appropriate treatment options.

Long-Pulsed YAG Laser for Spider Vein & Angiomas Treatment

The Long-Pulsed YAG Laser is a highly effective treatment for treating vascular lesions like spider veins and angiomas. This laser technology operates at a wavelength of 1064 nm, specifically absorbed by the hemoglobin in blood vessels. This energy heats the blood vessels, inducing them to collapse and ultimately be reabsorbed by the body. The surrounding tissue remains unaffected due to the precision of the laser, which minimizes the risk of scarring or other side effects.

Treatment Process

  1. Preparation: Before the treatment, patients are advised to avoid medications or supplements that can thin the blood unless otherwise prescribed by a doctor. It is also recommended that sun exposure be avoided and sunscreen used to shield the treated area.
  2. During the Procedure: The treatment involves applying laser pulses along the length of the vein. Depending on the size and location of the veins, the treatment may last from a few minutes to up to an hour. A cooling tip or gel is often used to minimize discomfort and protect the skin from overheating.
  3. Post-Treatment Care: After the procedure, patients may experience mild redness, swelling, or a sensation similar to a sunburn. These side effects are typically short-lived. It is crucial to avoid sun exposure and to use sunscreen to protect the treated areas. Some patients may require multiple sessions to achieve the desired results​.


  • Non-Invasive: The Long-Pulsed YAG Laser offers a non-invasive solution with minimal downtime.
  • Effective: It is highly effective in treating spider veins and angiomas, providing noticeable results after a few sessions.
  • Minimal Discomfort: The use of cooling techniques during treatment helps to reduce discomfort and protect the skin.
  • Quick Recovery: Most patients can resume their normal activities immediately after treatment, with only minor post-treatment care required​.


Preventing spider veins and angiomas involves lifestyle changes, skincare, and proactive health measures. Regular exercise improves circulation, preventing blood from pooling in veins. Maintaining a healthy weight alleviates vein pressure while avoiding prolonged standing or sitting, and elevating legs during rest can enhance blood flow​​.

Skincare routines, such as applying sunscreen and wearing protective clothing, shield blood vessels from UV damage, particularly on the face​​. A balanced diet rich in fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and proper hydration supports vascular health​. Compression stockings can improve leg blood flow, and regular check-ups with healthcare providers can detect and address early signs of vascular issues​.

Limiting alcohol intake and avoiding tight clothing also promote better circulation and reduce vein pressure. These combined measures effectively reduce the risk of developing spider veins and angiomas.


Are you tired of dealing with unsightly spider veins and angiomas? B Beautiful Med Spa offers advanced Long-Pulsed YAG Laser treatments to effectively eliminate these vascular issues with minimal discomfort and downtime. Our expert team provides personalized treatment services to help you achieve smoother, clearer skin. Don’t let spider veins and angiomas affect your confidence any longer. Contact B Beautiful Med Spa now and take the first step towards beautiful, flawless skin.


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