The common condition called “spider veins” is definitely a tell-tale indication of your age. If you suffer from them, you are not alone. Spider veins get their name from their web-like appearance and are caused by increased pressure in the veins. Regardless of their name, and even though they don’t usually cause medical problems, they are definitely unsightly. Good leg circulation can help prevent spider veins.
Doctors don’t know exactly why some people develop spider veins and others don’t, but they do know that the tendency to get them is hereditary, and that they’re more common with aging. People who stand for a long time, such as nurses and teachers, tend to increase the amount of pressure in their veins and are more likely to develop spider veins. In addition to the patchwork of red and blue veins that can be seen through the skin, people with spider veins may also experience a feeling of heaviness or tiredness in their legs, and may even experience swelling. It is important to check in with your doctor to ensure that you don’t have a significant vascular problem.
Can you lower your risk for spider veins?
You may not be able to totally prevent the appearance of spider veins, but there are things you can do to lower your risk:
- Keep your weight in check.
- Avoiding crossing your legs while seated.
- Elevate your legs higher than your heart several times a day.
- Exercise your legs by running or walking every day.
- Avoid standing or sitting for long periods – get up and walk every 30 minutes.
- Wear lightweight compression stockings.
If you’re unhappy about the look of your spider veins or if they are painful and are causing discomfort, you can do something about them. To remove them safely and effectively, we offer a treatment called sclerotherapy – a procedure that involves the injection of a solution directly into the veins. The solution irritates the lining of the veins, causing it to swell and the blood to clot.
Call to schedule your consultation appointment, today, to learn more about the treatment of spider veins: 212.391.8600.