Are you experiencing spider veins? If you are, we understand that it sucks, as it prevents you from wearing skirts, shorts, capris, and any cute outfit that exposes your skin. Even though spider veins usually appear when we’re older, it is not uncommon to see women in their 30s and 20s dealing with it.
Brief Introduction on Spider Veins
Spider veins, not to be confused with varicose veins, which appear dilated and ropey under the skin, are caused by enlarged venules or small veins in the skin. Spider veins also known as telangiectasias are not painful while varicose veins are. Spider veins are also more common than its counterpart.
Pregnancy, sun damage, genetics, and obesity can cause spider veins. Other causes include women who stand for longer durations or workout strenuously. According to medical experts, anything that places pressure on the body’s vascular system can lead to the formation of spider veins, causing the inside of the veins to expand and bulge.
Ways to Get Rid of Spider Veins
Here are five ways to get rid of spider veins:
1. Wear Makeup or Apply Self-tanner
Okay, so this is not a permanent solution, but is one that can decrease the appearance of spider veins. If you do not want to opt for a medical procedure, wearing makeup and applying a self-tanner can do the trick. Spider veins appear more prominent on light or thin skin. You should go to a tanning salon for a real tan because it can make your skin more susceptible to sun damage and cause more spider veins to appear.
2. Go for Laser Therapy
If you want a more permanent solution than makeup and self-tanner, laser therapy is your best shot at making them disappear forever. Laser therapy targets the blood vessels, damaging that and leading them to clot and dry up with your tissue reabsorbing them. If you have smaller spider veins on your skin, opt for this medical procedure, which is less invasive than the next medical treatment for spider veins — Sclerotherapy.
3. Try Sclerotherapy
Sclerotherapy is not usually people’s first option due to how invasive it is in comparison to laser therapy. In Sclerotherapy, a trained medical practitioner will inject a liquid into your veins and just like in laser therapy, it will damage the blood vessels, causing them to clot and dry up with your tissue reabsorbing them. If you have larger spider veins on your skin, Sclerotherapy is a more effective choice.
As for the costs of both types of treatments for spider veins, the medical practitioner will determine the costs by looking at the size of the spider veins and how much of your skin they cover.
You may need to go more than once to the doctor to get rid of them. However, no solution is completely permanent though, as spider veins can appear again, which is why you will need to take preventive measures to keep them at bay such as wearing sunscreen and not standing on your feet for long durations.