Telangiectasias are small dilated blood vessels near the surface of the skin. They can develop anywhere on the body but are commonly seen on the face around the nose, cheeks, and chin. They can also develop on the legs, specifically on the upper thigh, below the knee joint, and around the ankles. These are most commonly called spider veins in these locations.
The causes of telangiectasias are varied and there are several inborn diseases that can cause them. Other acquired causes are usually age related. Telangiectasia in the legs is often related to the presence of hypertension within underlying varicose veins. Factors that predispose to the development of varicose and telangiectatic leg veins include age, gender, pregnancy, and lifestyle or occupation. Other acquired causes include acne, sun damage, trauma, and other systemic diseases.
Leg Vein Treatment usually consists of either Sclerotherapy or Laser Treatment for capillaries with the VBEAM. Sclerotherapy is the "gold standard" and is preferred over laser for eliminating telangiectasia and smaller varicose leg veins. Telangiectasias on the face are often treated with Vbeam laser. Read about the various options of treatment on our website links and ask Dr Frank upon consultation which treatment is best for you.