Frequently Asked Questions About Spider Veins

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There’s a lot of confusion out there about spider veins. Like the idea that spider veins and varicose veins are only a concern for elderly women…The truth is, many women may start to notice the first signs of spider veins as early as their late 20s.

To help you separate fact from fiction, we compiled these top answers to the most commonly asked questions about spider veins!

Q: What causes spider veins?

A: There are a number of factors that can lead to the development of spider veins, but your risk of developing spider veins may be higher if any of the following is true:

  • Someone in your family has spider veins
  • You stand on your feet a lot
  • You are overweight or obese
  • You have hormonal issues or are pregnant

Increasing age and lack of exercise also contribute to the appearance of spider veins.  Spider veins form when the walls of the veins are weakened and poor blood circulation causes the veins to swell and become more visible beneath the skin’s surface.

Q: What’s the difference between spider veins and varicose veins?

A: The biggest difference between spider veins and varicose veins is their appearance. Varicose veins are larger and more bulging, while spider veins are smaller and form a web-like pattern.  Varicose veins are often accompanied by itching, pain, or numbness in the affected area. In severe cases, they can result in painful leg ulcers. In contrast, spider veins typically aren’t painful.

Q: How can I prevent spider veins?

A: While there’s nothing you can do to slow down the hands of time or change your genetics, making the right lifestyle choices can help reduce your likelihood of developing spider veins.

  • Limit your salt consumption. Salt cause water retention which puts excess pressure on veins.
  • Engage in regular physical activity to help control your weight and promote good circulation
  • Avoid wearing clothing that’s too tight on your legs and can restrict circulation (e.g., tight jeans, socks, or stockings)
  • Elevate your legs when relaxing or sleeping
  • Regularly massage and stretch your legs

Q: What’s the best way to get rid of spider veins once I have them?

A: There are several methods for reducing the appearance of spider veins. The best spider vein removal approach for you may not be as effective for someone else, so it’s important to consult with a qualified medical professional to understand all your options.

The most effective methods for treating spider veins include:

  • Surface laser treatment – This non-invasive form of laser vein treatment is most effective for smaller spider veins that are close to the skin’s surface. During the procedure, laser energy is used to heat and destroy spider veins.
  • Internal (endovenous) laser treatment – This method uses laser-generated heat inside of the spider vein to collapse and seal the vein.
  • Radiofrequency treatment – This treatment relies on radiofrequency (RF) to heat and close off the spider.
  • Sclerotherapy – This treatment uses a chemical to seal the veins closed.

Do you have more questions you want answered about spider veins? Contact us today! We’re more than happy to assess your situation and help you find the answers you need.

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