Whether you’ve started to develop spider veins or you’ve had them for as long as you can remember, there is something you can do to fix them. Though they’re usually harmless, plenty of people still consult with their doctors to try and remove them.
What Are Spider Veins?
Spider veins are the name given to the formation of tiny blood vessels when they widen inside your body. This widening leads to a rather obvious and obtrusive pattern of red lines on the surface of your skin. They can form in easily visible areas to others, which makes most people want to get rid of them because they don’t like to have them there. There’s an element of mild discomfort associated with them too. They are often mistaken for varicose veins but differ in that they are typically finer and can appear on the face which varicose veins cannot.
Why Do They Appear?
No one knows exactly how or why spider veins appear. It seems to be one of those mysteries that can happen to certain people later in life, though nothing ties everyone together as a solid cause. Most doctors believe that poor lifestyle habits like drinking alcohol and not exercising can lead to spider veins. However, some things like pregnancy and even ageing can be the lead cause for other people.
It’s pretty obvious to spot spider veins, even to the untrained eye. They cause a pattern on your skin that looks like a branching spider web, so you can easily spot them and go to the doctors for help. If you’re not careful, spider veins can lead to haemorrhaging, but this is only in the most severe cases.
How Are They Removed?
There are a few major ways you can look at to remove spider veins, and they’re all fairly easy to do. Either a doctor can prescribe treatment to you, or you can look at doing it yourself.
Sclerotherapy (or Asclera) damages the inner lining of the blood vessels with an injection of a chemical solution. This damage is deliberate as it causes a blood clot that collapses, thickens, or scars the blood vessel. That sounds pretty gruesome, sure, but it’s a great way to tackle spider veins quickly and effectively. Your skin will look as good as new in no time.
You can do plenty of things for yourself to help in the procedure of spider vein removal. In fact, you don’t even need a doctor’s advice to do most of these self-care tips. Working on your fitness levels and trying to lose weight are two of the most prevalent self-care techniques for spider vein removal. Also, if you can, avoid long periods of time sitting or standing as this could cause your blood to clot, leading to spider vein formation.
A laser aims to widen vessels and seal them, which is a quick and painless way to remove spider veins from your skin. It sounds more painful than it actually is.
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That covers pretty much everything you need to know about spider veins and how to remove them. They’re not something you have to live with if you don’t want to, and there’s plenty of help out there for you to make the most of if you’re serious about getting rid of them.