If you have spider veins on your legs or face, you may be wondering how to treat them to make them go away. They can be embarrassing, and make you look older than you are. The good news is, we know how to successfully treat your spider veins to help you look younger and feel better about your appearance.
What Are Spider Veins?
Before we get into how to treat spider veins, it would be helpful if you understood what they are and what causes them. Spider veins are small, superficial veins that appear just below the skin’s surface. They can be red, blue, or purple, and may appear in a spider web pattern – hence the name.
They’re most common on the legs, but they can appear anywhere on your body, including your face. While they’re not painful, they can cause self-consciousness.
What Causes Spider Veins?
Women are more likely to get spider veins, but men can have them, too. They result from weakened valves in the veins. Normally, veins carry blood back to your heart. But when the one-way valve is weakened, some of that blood goes backwards and pools in the veins, causing them to bulge towards the surface.
Some of the common causes or contributing factors for spider veins include:
- Sitting for extended periods of time
- Standing for long hours
- Being over 50
- Being pregnant
- Hormonal changes
- Sun damage
- Alcohol consumption
If you have more than one of these risk factors, you’re more likely to develop spider veins.
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How to Get Rid of Spider Veins
You should know that spider veins will not go away on their own, such as after you have your baby, or if you lose weight, or get a standing desk. And creams and other “natural” treatments will not get rid of spider veins.
The best way to get rid of spider veins is through professional spider vein removal. Our aestheticians are skilled in using our state-of-the-art laser to quickly and effectively remove spider veins with minimal discomfort. The laser targets the spider veins and seals them, causing them to dissolve.
For most people, it takes 2-4 sessions for spider vein removal. These non-invasive laser treatments for spider veins should be spaced 4-6 weeks apart. (Larger veins may need to be injected via sclerotherapy.) Small spider veins may disappear completely after treatment, while larger veins will take longer to fade.
How to Prevent New Spider Veins
Once you have undergone spider vein treatment, you’ll want to try and prevent new spider veins from appearing. There are several things you can do to minimize the chance of recurrence, including:
- Increase your walking or running to improve circulation in your legs.
- Avoid sitting for prolonged periods of time (2+ hours). Take breaks and walk around your home or office building.
- Take a break and sit for a while if you stand all day at work.
- When you can, prop up your feet above your heart. This prevents blood from pooling in your legs.
- Wear compression stockings.
While there’s no guarantee you won’t get spider veins again, doing the things above can reduce the risk.
Schedule a Consultation
If you’re tired of seeing spider veins every time you put on a pair of shorts or lean into the mirror to apply makeup, we understand. Schedule a spider vein removal consultation to see what the possibilities are. And you’re in experienced hands when you visit Aesthetics at Cima Health.
From the initial consultation to the treatment room, we offer the highest quality laser and skincare services, individualized to your needs. We are more than clinicians; we understand how hard it can be to carve out time for yourself to look and feel your best. We help you make the most of your time by offering the best range of anti-aging treatments.
Book an appointment today.