Spider veins may seem like something that only occurs in other people, but they affect about half of all adults. The bad news is that women are more likely than men to develop spider veins. Here are the details we learned from pros regarding the formation of spider veins, how to prevent them, and how to eliminate them effectively.
Spider veins: What Are They?
Spider veins are superficial veins that develop when [very tiny] veins congregate just beneath the skin’s surface. A group of veins can be red, blue, or purple.
There is no connection between spider veins and actual spiders except that they cluster and fan out like spider legs. Generally, these clusters are found on the legs – specifically on the outer side of the thighs, on the ankles, and around the calves – but can sometimes be found on the face. They may be so small that you barely notice them, or they may be so prominent that they drive you crazy.
Despite their bothersome appearance, spider veins are entirely harmless. Unlike varicose veins, spider veins are smaller and thinner. Venous stasis, or telangiectasia, is the medical term for spider veins.
Spider Veins: What Causes Them?
Two primary factors are believed to be responsible for spider veins: poor circulation and aging. Standing on your feet for prolonged periods and being pregnant are two major risk factors for spider veins.
Pregnancy mainly compresses the veins that return blood flow back up, resulting in pooling and dilation of the veins. Like standing for prolonged periods, gravity makes normal blood flow more difficult.
Weight gain can also cause leg vein problems as well as medications such as birth control and hormonal menopause treatments since estrogen can weaken vein valves and genetic factors. The condition is passed down from the mother’s side of the family to 60 percent of those with spider veins.
Is it possible to prevent spider veins?
You cannot avoid the effects of time and genetics, but you can prevent spider veins from developing by following these steps:
- Take a walk: You should get into the habit of walking around every few minutes when you lead a sedentary lifestyle, such as working behind a desk or behind a counter. Moving around helps ease the strain on your veins around your calves and ankles if you work in one position all day, such as standing or sitting.
- Make sure you wear compression stockings: Suitable for wearing under your pants, these assist in physically compressing the blood vessels. Note that they are not all completely obscene. There are a few brands that make attractive options.
- Get in shape: Regular exercise improves your physical well-being and reduces your stress levels. Besides increasing blood flow, it can also strengthen your legs’ veins.
- Managing your weight: Managing your weight can help prevent spider veins. As a result of excess body fat, enlarged veins can develop on the legs due to increased pressure.
How can spider veins be treated and removed effectively?
The presence of spider veins, although harmless, can negatively affect your self-esteem and be bothersome, depending on where they occur. People often need to conceal their veins by wearing clothing that does not allow them to show their legs.
With Aerolase Neo Elite® Nd: YAG lasers, spider veins, and infant hemangiomas can be eliminated painlessly in as little as one appointment.
Reduces redness: The deep-penetrating laser has a high affinity for hemoglobin, which helps to remove spider veins and hemangiomas.
Destroys vessels: A high power output results in significant energy absorption in the targeted veins and capillaries, resulting in their closure or destruction.
Safe on skin: It is possible to avoid pain and side effects associated with overheating epidermal melanin by using laser energy with a pulse duration less than or close to the thermal relaxation time of human skin tissue.