Spider veins are very similar to varicose veins, except that they are smaller. They are the blue and red blood vessels that appear on the surface of the skin, particularly at the legs. They have short jagged lines, and they resemble spider’s legs (hence the name). Women are more prone than men to have spider veins.
Exercise. Spider veins, and more seriously, varicose veins, is generally an indication of the poor circulation of blood. Aerobic exercise such as walking, jogging, biking, and dancing increases heart rate, strengthens veins, and improves blood flow all over the body. Do make sure that you warm up and then gradually increase speed and intensity.
Elevate your legs when you are resting. This will assist in the blood circulation in your legs. Plus, it feels good too!
Don’t sit or stand too long. That’s because sitting or standing for extended periods of time will result in blood accumulating in your legs. Move around every now and then to assist your veins in circulating the blood in your legs. Also, avoid crossing your legs when sitting as this could further hamper blood circulation.
Reduce weight. Extra weight puts extra pressure on your legs, plus causes the entire circulatory system to work harder. To motivate you to reduce weight, concentrate on eating healthy instead of losing pounds. As these two goals go hand in hand, you’d be pleasantly surprised at the amount of weight you lose just by becoming more conscious of eating healthfully.
Opt for medical treatment on your spider veins. Sclerotherapy is one medical treatment often used to treat varicose veins and spider veins. In this procedure, affected veins are injected with a type of solution that effectively closes them down. Because the affected veins are “closed” and reduced to scar tissue, blood is then redirected to the healthy veins. Treatment may be more than once for spider vein reduction to be noticeable.
Another medical treatment available is laser surgery. Laser is directed onto the spider veins, making them fade and disappear gradually. Two to five treatments are usually required, and there is usually no down-time (that is, patients could return to normal activities after treatment). Many patients prefer this treatment because it is non-invasive; however, this is not recommended for spider veins that affect a large surface area of the skin.
Consider surgery. For serious cases, surgery may be needed. One type of surgery to treat spider veins is called surgical ligation and stripping, where affected veins are effectively tied and removed from the leg. This procedure does not affect blood circulation, since spider veins are usually just surface veins and the larger, deeper veins can take on the added amount of blood for circulation. If you want to go with this option, do know that there are some possible complications that could arise, such as nerve tissue damage or wound infection.
There you have it! These are just some of the ways to reduce spider veins in legs. Remember, as with many other conditions, prevention is key. So take care of your legs, and you’d be sure to love the results! Good luck!