Ah, summer. It’s time to shed those bulky sweaters and heavy jeans for sandals, sundresses and bathing suits. You’re ready for your day in the sun (with sunscreen, of course), but hey, wait! What’s that on your thigh?
If those are spider veins, you’re not alone. As many as 50% of women in the United States suffer from spider veins, those little clusters of superficial, purple veins that look like tree branches or spider webs.
Wonder why you’re getting spider veins? There are a number of things that can contribute to the development of spider veins in the legs:
• Heredity plays a role in 80% of the people who develop spider veins
• Pregnancy and hormonal shifts
• Jobs that require a lot of standing or sitting
Can you prevent spider veins from developing? Heredity does play a strong role, but there are things you can do to slow the appearance of spider veins:
• Avoid sitting or standing for long periods of time
• Wear compression stockings and elevate your legs when possible
• Use sunscreen on your face to help prevent facial spider veins
• Exercise, eat a nutritious diet and maintain a healthy body weight
What can you do if you already have spider veins? There is an easy and effective leg vein treatment. Sclerotherapy is often considered the treatment of choice for spider veins and is a simple procedure that can be done in the doctor’s office.
During the Sclerotherapy leg vein treatment, a solution is injected into the spider vein, causing it to scar and collapse. Blood is redirected to stronger surrounding veins and the collapsed vein disappears and is eventually reabsorbed. Complete fading may take a few weeks. Depending on the size of the area to be treated, several leg vein treatments may be required.
Interested in learning more? Book a consultation with one of our experienced dermatologists. The benefits of leg vein treatment include not only cosmetic improvement, but they can also bring an increase in self-esteem and confidence. Don’t let another summer go by hiding your legs. Get ready to enjoy the warm weather and show off your legs!