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Are Spider Veins Dangerous?

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Whether you have them or not, spider veins are a common, natural part of life. 

But should you be worried about your spider veins?

The short answer is no. Spider veins shouldn’t ever hurt you or cause health issues. But if you’re like us, you may not love how they look. Never fear, we’re here to help!

What Are Spider Veins?

Spider veins are very similar to varicose veins, but spider veins are smaller and thinner. These red and purple veins can be seen under the skin, typically around the face or legs. Unlike varicose veins, spider veins aren’t swollen or raised up. 

Anyone can develop spider veins, but they’re more common in women. Common causes of spider veins can include:

  • Aging
  • Obesity
  • Genetics
  • Blood clots
  • Oral contraceptives 
  • Standing a lot during the day (i.e. at work)
  • Hormones during pregnancy, puberty, & menopause 

The most important thing to know about spider veins is they are not dangerous. While you may not love your spider veins, they’re completely natural and nothing to be worried about or embarrassed by! 

Trust us, spider veins are not a big deal. 

A close up of a leg receiving a spider vein laser treatment from a certified professional.

Can I Get Rid of Spider Veins?

Spider veins aren’t always permanent! 

While there’s no guarantee that certain treatments will work, there are plenty of options available to you if you want to reduce the appearance of spider veins. 

Fotona Laser Treatment

At Iconic Beauty Aesthetics, we offer laser therapy to help minimize the appearance of spider veins and other vascular lesions

Laser therapy has quickly become one of the most popular options to reduce the look of spider veins. Using a non-ablative laser, your practitioner will target the spider veins in a specific treatment area. 

The laser creates heat energy, which is absorbed by the blood and causes the vein to seal and collapse in on itself. This forces the blood to redirect flow to other veins. Eventually, your body will reabsorb the collapsed, similar to how your body heals bruises. 

Natural Remedies

Along with some prevention techniques, there are some natural remedies you can try at home to reduce the appearance of existing spider veins.

Compression stockings apply steady, even pressure to your legs to stimulate blood flow. Wearing these stockings on a semi-regular basis may help reduce the appearance of spider veins.

Additionally, some essential oils, vitamin supplements, and exercises can help stimulate blood flow and reduce the look of spider veins. However, it’s best to discuss these options with your primary physician to ensure they’re safe for you. 

Preventing Spider Veins 

There are some ways to prevent the development of spider veins. The best thing you can do is use little tips and tricks to improve blood flow and tone in the muscles around your face and legs.

Some other ways to prevent unwanted spider veins include:

  • Limit how often you wear high heels & tight hosiery 
  • Switch between standing & sitting regularly
  • Eat a high-fiber, low-salt diet
  • Exercise 3+ times a week
  • Raise your legs when sitting or lying down 
  • Maintaining a healthy weight 

While these methods are guaranteed to prevent spider veins, they certainly can help. 

We’re Here to Help

We understand that there are things you love about your body and things you might want to change. At Iconic Beauty Aesthetics, we focus on helping you feel as beautiful as you already are. We don’t believe in perfect, we believe in enhancing the natural you.

Written by Sarah Noble

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