What Are Spider Veins?

Greg Nestor

What Are Spider Veins?

Spider veins are small, dilated blood vessels that visibly twist and turn through your skin, looking something like a spider web. They typically appear red, purple or blue and develop on the legs, face and other parts of the body. While spider veins differ from varicose veins, which are swollen blood vessels that appear large and raised, they have similar causes.

Although spider veins typically do not cause severe medical issues as varicose veins do, most people prefer not to have them for cosmetic purposes. Fortunately, reducing the appearance of spider veins is simple. Here, we’ll tell you more about this common issue and how it can be treated.

What Causes Spider Veins?

Anyone can develop spider veins, but they are more common in women than men, and appear more frequently with age. A variety of things can cause spider veins, some of which can be avoided, some of which cannot. Here are the most common causes:

– Heredity
– Obesity
– A lifestyle that involves a lot of standing (such working in retail, healthcare or food services)
– Hormonal influences associated with pregnancy and menopause
– Some forms of birth control
– Postmenopausal hormonal replacement treatment
– Blood clots
– Trauma or injury to the skin
– Exposure to ultraviolet light
– Conditions that cause abdominal pressure, such as tumors and constipation
– Wearing garments that suppress that abdomen, like girdles.

How Can I Prevent Spider Veins?

If you believe you are at risk of developing spider veins and want to prevent them, there are a few methods you can try. These include:

Wearing sun protection: Exposure to UV rays can increase your chances of developing spider veins, so be sure to slather on the sunscreen before spending long amounts of time in the sun.

Keeping excess weight off: Carrying excess weight puts pressure on your legs. By maintaining a healthy weight, you can reduce your risk of spider veins. The regular exercise you get to stay healthy will also lower your risk.

Keep Your Blood Flowing: If you’re on your feet a lot, try wearing lightweight compression socks to keep your blood flowing. Oppositely, if you spend most of your time sitting, try to take walks throughout the day.

How Are Spider Veins Treated?

Spider veins can be effectively removed through a safe, noninvasive procedure called sclerotherapy. This procedure involves using a sterile chemical solution that hardens the veins’ lining and causes them to fade away. To learn more about this simple yet life-changing procedure call The Medical Center of Body Rejuvenation today or request an appointment online.

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