Healthy living
Spider veins and how to get rid of them!
by: Julian Chee, Founder of Skincare Daily
Everyone wants great legs, but unfortunately most women also are susceptible to unsightly cellulite and spider veins. We all know how difficult cellulite can be to get rid of, but it’s much easier to say goodbye to spider veins.

Spider veins are small enlarged blood vessels near the surface of the skin. They are a smaller version of varicose veins and occur in the capillaries, which are the smallest blood vessels in the body. They can develop anywhere on the body but commonly on the face around the nose, cheeks, and chin. They can also develop on the legs, specifically on the upper thigh, below the knee joint and around the ankles. Spider veins resemble a spider web or tree branch in shape and are usually just a cosmetic problem and not a medical concern. It is important to note the difference between spider veins and the more serious varicose veins. Spider veins are different than varicose veins, which is a medical problem wherein the veins get pressurized by blood and protrude from the skin surface.

Treatment of Spider Veins

Sclerotherapy is the injection of a chemical agent into the cavity of a blood vessel. These agents cause inflammation of the blood vessel walls resulting in the occlusion of the blood vessels. A very fine needle is used during the injection. Patient may experience a pin prick sensation and 15-30 seconds of mild discomfort or burning at the site of injection. Some may even feel a local muscle cramp, lasting a few minutes. The injected veins completely disappear for a few seconds as blood is pushed out by the solution, but when blood flow returns they reappear. Since many of the vessels interconnect, one injection may eradicate several dozens vessels at one time. The vessels will either lighten or completely disappear. The fading occurs over the first month but may take as long as 2-3 months for some vessels. This does not prevent new vessels from appearing. It only treats vessels that have been injected.

Laser and IPL treatment
Spider veins usually are just a cosmetic problem. Laser and IPL treatment is a very good way to tackle these. It uses a very accurate laser to send a strong light beam into the vein. This makes the spider veins slowly disappear and most skin types can be treated. Laser and IPL treatment uses no needles and does not need to break through the skin. You feel heat that may be painful but it will go away shortly. Treatments of 2 to 5 times may be needed to fully remove the spider veins and the process lasts about 15 or 20 minutes each. Since it is very quick and no severe pain or incisions are needed you can return to normal activity right after treatment. Redness, swelling or slight bruising may occur after the laser process but will disappear in a 1 to 2 days. So laser surgery for spider veins may be right for you, but always consult your medical professional.

Natural alternative
If you are not yet ready to try one of the above treatments, you can always try the natural alternative. Two of the most effective ingredients in use for helping to reduce the appearance of spider veins are Vitamin K and horse chestnut seed. Used in a cream, these products can make spider veins less noticeable and reduce the swelling.

Prevention of Spider Veins

The following are ways to help limit the number of new spider veins:

● Exercise regularly to help move blood through your body.
● Weight loss. If you are overweight, losing weight will reduce pressure on your veins.
● Wear elastic support stockings.
● Avoid standing for a long period of time. This will help blood flow and avoid additional pressure on your veins.
● Do not cross your legs when sitting.
● Wear sunscreen to protect skin from the sun and to limit spider veins on the face.

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