You may hate them, but spider veins are a natural part of life.
Don’t let the thought of spider veins get you too upset. These veins are common for many people, especially women, and are totally normal. Fortunately, there are many treatments available to get rid of spider veins safely and with minimal discomfort.
What Causes Spider Veins?
Spider veins are small red and purple veins that can be seen under the skin. Unlike varicose veins, spider veins aren’t raised or swollen. Usually, spider veins appear on the face or legs.
There are many reasons why someone might develop spider veins. Spider veins are more common in women, but can affect anyone. Some causes include:
- Occupations that require a lot of standing
- Hormones during pregnancy, puberty, & menopause
- Using oral contraceptives
- A history of blood clots
Some people have reported developing spider veins from injuries, surgeries, and heavy UV exposure. While anyone can get spider veins, they usually don’t pose any health risks.
Laser treatment is one of the most popular options for people looking to get rid of their spider veins.
There are different lasers available for this treatment. We use a non-ablative laser to target your spider veins. Energy radiates through the veins and is absorbed by the blood. This energy is turned into heat, which causes the vein to seal and collapse, allowing the blood to flow through different veins.
Basically, your body reabsorbs the collapsed vein the same way it would heal a bruise.
Sclerotherapy is another common treatment for spider veins, usually performed on your legs.
A chemical is injected into different parts of the affected area, irritating the walls of the veins. Once injections are done, the practitioner may massage the area before you put on compression stockings. This closes the veins and reroutes blood flow to improve circulation and reduce swelling.
Spider veins disappear after 3 to 6 weeks on average. You’ll be given specific instructions following this treatment to ensure proper care. This typically involves daily walks and wearing the compression socks as directed, but you should be able to return to your normal life the next day.
Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT)
Endovenous laser therapy (EVLT) is a newer, minimally invasive procedure to get rid of spider veins. Using a local anesthetic, a tube is inserted into the vein. A laser heats the vein until it seals, rerouting blood flow. The entire procedure usually takes an hour and patients report minimal discomfort.
As with other treatments, EVLT patients are required to wear compression stockings for a few days afterward to help with circulation and healing. The recovery time is quick; most patients return to their normal life the next day.
Preventing Spider Veins
You can practice healthy habits to help prevent spider veins from forming. Unfortunately, spider veins can’t be completely avoided. There are aspects that contribute to the development of spider veins that simply can’t be controlled, such as aging and genetics.
These remedies are great for your skin and health long term. They include:
- Elevating your legs
- Avoiding artificial sugars & saturated fats
- Walking every 30 minutes (if sitting for long periods)
- Taking a break from standing every 30 minutes
- Limiting long, hot baths
If you experience symptoms like aches and pains, burning, or throbbing in areas where spider veins have developed, it’s best to consult your doctor.
Compression stockings are a great option to help reduce and prevent spider veins. They apply steady pressure through your legs to improve circulation and are used in many related treatments. While these stockings can’t completely resolve your spider veins, it’s definitely worth a try if you’re looking for a more natural option.
Some natural home remedies claim to get rid of spider veins, like using apple cider vinegar, vitamin supplements, and essential oils. Your skin is unique, so while some of these natural remedies might not be bad for you, there’s just no guarantee they would work. Consult your doctor if you try any natural remedies to make sure it’s safe for you.
Spider Veins are Natural
At the end of the day, many people have—and will get—spider veins. You shouldn’t feel embarrassed if you have them or worry about whether or not you’ll get them later. There are treatments to help you look and feel your absolute best, but feeling your best shouldn’t be dependent on whether or not you have spider veins.
Contact our team today to learn more about our treatment options and the right fit for you.