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Spider Veins
Spider Veins is a vein vascular condition in which small veins and capillaries become swollen because of Venous Reflux. Unlike Varicose Veins, they do not protrude but appear as a cluster of red veins similar to a spider’s web on the surface of the skin. Spider Veins are commonly found on the face or legs. Spider veins do not commonly cause pain or discomfort; people may choose to have them removed for cosmetic reasons.

Causes of Spider Veins
As compared to men, women are twice as likely to have Spider Veins and Varicose Veins. Women are more likely to get Spider veins because of the following reasons:

i. Pregnancy

The amount of blood flowing through the body increases during pregnancy. The increase in the amount of blood puts unusual pressure on veins, which causes them to swell.

ii. Using Birth Control or Menopause Medication

Spider veins can occur as a side effect of birth control pills or menopause medication. Women commonly use hormonal contraceptives or menopause medication. These medications increase the amount of the hormone estrogen in the body. Estrogen can weaken the valves of veins, which causes the veins to become swollen, twisted, and enlarged.

Other causes of Spider Veins:
Other causes of Spider Veins, common to both men and women, are:

  • Individuals who have a family history of varicose veins and spider veins.
  • Individuals who are prone to sitting or standing for prolonged time periods are more likely to get Spider Veins.
  • Individuals who are overweight and obese are more likely to get Spider Veins.
  • The valves of the vein weaken with age, older people are more likely to get Spider Veins.

 

Spider Vein Symptoms:
The most common symptoms of Spider Veins are:

  • Discoloration of skin: skin becomes red and the veins look like branches of a tree or a Spider’s web.
  • Pain: Individuals may experience throbbing pain in legs and ankles.
  • Cramps in the leg are frequent.
  • Legs and ankles may swell.
  • The affected area may become dry and itchy.

 

Spider Vein Treatments
There are several treatment options for Spider Veins removal. These are:

  1. Self-Care 

The physician may prescribe self-care steps if the Spider Veins are not causing discomfort or if the symptoms are mild. The physician will ask the patient to increase physical activity, do not stand or sit for prolonged time periods, lose weight in case of obesity, alleviate feet when sitting, and use compression stockings or support stockings.

  1. Non-Surgical Procedures

There are several non-surgical procedures which can be used to treat Spider Veins. The most effective are:

a. Sclerotherapy
b. Radiofrequency Ablation
c. Laser Surgery

If Sclerotherapy and thermal ablations are ineffective, then the vein specialists will prescribe laser surgery for removing Spider Veins in legs and other body parts.

Spider Veins laser removal is a safe procedure; the vascular surgeon treats the affected area by sending bursts of laser light through the veins. No incisions are made.

Consult our specialist today to completely get rid of your spider veins.

FAQ’S

How to Prevent Spider Veins?

As mentioned above, there are numerous causes of Spider veins. Some of the causes are preventable, but others are beyond your control. For instance, genetic and age-related venous insufficiency cannot be prevented.
Some causes, such as pregnancy and hormonal imbalance, are tricky. Pregnant women can try to prevent spider veins by:

  • Not sitting or standing in one position for a prolonged period.
  • Getting regular exercise.
  • Get a massage to help increase circulation and energize the lymphatic system.
  • Avoiding high heels.
  • Wearing maternity hosiery.

How Women With Hormonal Imbalance Can Prevent Spider Veins?

Women who are facing hormonal imbalance can prevent spider veins by:

  • Correcting hormones through nutrition-based therapy.
  • Taking medication for hormones.
  • Exercising.

What Precautions Should Be Taken to Recover From Vein Damage Due to Sun or Overweight?

If you are suffering from vein damage because of weight or sun damage, then it is absolutely preventable, and you can take the following precautions:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight through diet and exercise.
  • Wear sunscreen.

What Do Spider Veins Look Like?

  • Spider Veins look like red and bluish-purple thin lines that are spread out in web-like shapes.
  • Spider veins are small, thin, and flat. You won’t feel a raised surface when you run your hand across your skin.

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