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Spider veins are caused by increased pressure in the veins. Doctors don’t know exactly why some people develop spider veins and others don’t, but they do know that the tendency to get them is hereditary, and that they’re more common as you get older. It’s also known that people who stand for a long time, such as nurses and teachers, tend to increase the amount of pressure in the veins of the legs and are more likely to develop spider veins. 

Spider veins get their name from the web of red or blue veins that often start to spread across your legs as you age. They’re dilated superficial blood vessels like varicose veins, but smaller and closer to the skin. Spider veins are often in areas behind the knee, but they can appear anywhere on the body.


Lasers and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) devices are beneficial tools in the treatment of many vascular conditions


Quanta Vascular Lasers can be useful complements to more invasive surgical procedures like EVLT and sclerotherapy, especially in treating leg veins too small for needles.  They are also used as first-line treatments for facial veins that are either blue or red in color and often found around the nose, for small veins elsewhere on the body, and for other vascular issues.

The energy from a long pulse Nd: YAG 1064 nm or 532 nm wavelength found in many Quanta devices will cause the blood in the vein to coagulate, which helps destroy the vein.  Once the vein collapses, the body absorbs it and blood is redirected through other veins.

Quanta IPL devices are used frequently for rosacea and treatment of diffuse redness on the face.

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