In one of our most recent blogs, we discussed sclerotherapy and how it can help get rid of those unsightly spider veins. However, some patients at our anti-aging clinic in Orlando want to know how spider veins develop and if there is any way to prevent them from developing. So, we decided to take a little more in-depth look at spider veins and how you can help keep them away.
What Are Spider Veins?
Spider veins are dilated blood vessels that lie close to the surface of the skin. They are similar to varicose veins, but spider veins are much smaller and are closer to the skin. They most often develop in areas behind the knee or on the face, however, they can develop anywhere on your body. People with spider veins may also experience swelling or a feeling of tiredness in the legs.
What Causes Them?
In very general terms, spider veins are caused by increased pressure in the veins. Some people develop them and some don’t, but many doctors believe that the tendency to develop spider veins is hereditary. People who spend a lot of time on their feet or sitting at a desk are more likely to develop spider veins than people who do not. While you may not be able to fully prevent the development of spider veins as part of it is hereditary, there are things you can do to lower your risk.
What Can You Do?
There are several little things that you can do to help prevent the development of spider veins. One of the best ways to lower your risk is to keep your body weight down and to avoid sitting or standing for long periods of time. However, we understand that this is not always possible. If you work a desk job, try to stretch and walk around every 30 minutes or so to help relieve the pressure in your legs. Also, try avoiding crossing your legs while you are seated. The biggest thing you can do to prevent spider veins is to keep your blood circulating.
If you have spider veins and want to get rid of them, please do not hesitate to contact us. We can help you regain your youth and confidence.