What are Blue Veins and How Do You Treat Them?

It is common knowledge that human bodies have veins, but typically these veins are not very noticeable through the skin. However, there are some types of blue veins that can start to show more with age. These unwanted veins are not very pleasing to the eye, and people may want to get treated and removed with blue vein laser treatment.

What are Blue Veins?

Blue veins, also known as spider veins and varicose veins, are the most common type of visible veins that can occur in the body.

Spider veins, typically blue or purple in color, get their name from the web-like appearance that the veins have in the skin. Typically, spider veins are visible on the face and legs. Varicose veins appear more swollen, as they are raised veins that develop underneath the skin.

While there are several reasons that someone may be predisposed to get these veins, to put it very simply, they occur because of damage in the veins. Spider veins and varicose veins occur from blood valves not working properly, causing blood to travel downstream and pool in the vein.

Some people have a higher risk of developing either varicose veins or spider veins (or both), but getting visible blue veins is fairly common. According to WebMD, they occur in women more frequently than men, and an estimated 30% to 60% of adults have spider veins or varicose veins. WebMD also states that 23% of Americans are affected by these veins.

How Can You Treat Blue Veins?

While these veins usually cause no harm, they can be taken care of for cosmetic purposes.

Although there are ways to help prevent getting spider veins and varicose veins in the first place, there are no real home remedies to truly cure spider veins. But that does not mean that a cure does not exist. Blue vein laser treatment performed by a dermatologist is one available option to get rid of unwanted, unattractive veins.

This method of treatment works to damage or destroy the affected veins. With targeted laser treatment, the affected veins will shrink and become less visible. There is no surgery required when doing laser treatment, so there is no downtime after the procedure is done.

Laser treatment for these blue veins is safe and may require more than one treatment to see full results.

It is possible than insurance may cover some of the costs of laser treatment for your blue veins, but make sure to check before knowing if the procedure will be covered or not.