If one day you notice web-like formations on your legs or ankles, don’t panic. Spider veins might be unsightly, but they are usually harmless and often disappear on their own. They can however cause some uncomfortable sensations, like itching or burning, so many strive to get rid of them. Luckily, there are numerous things you can try at home to diminish and prevent the spidery formations.
Also, don’t feel alone in your experience. About 55% of women and 40 to 45% of men have to deal with some type of vein problem in their lives. Some opt to visit the doctor and get medical treatment, while others prefer the natural approach that can expedite the disappearance of spider veins.
What are spider veins?
Spider veins, medically known as telangiectasias or angioectasias, are similar to varicose veins, but smaller. These tiny veins, found close to the surface of the skin, resemble spider webs or branches of a tree and are usually red, purple or blue.
Most often, spider veins are found on the legs (thighs, back of the calves, inside of the legs, and ankles). This is due to the high pressure that veins in the lower extremities have to endure. Just think about the force of gravity, the pressure of body weight, and the need to carry blood all the way up to the heart!
Sometimes, spider veins can also develop in other parts of the body such as the face.
What cause the spider veins ?
There are many factors that can contribute to the development of spider veins – some you can influence more easily than others. Risk factors include:
l Family predisposition
l Prolonged standing, sometimes connected with certain professions
l Taking contraceptive pills
l A history of blood clots or circulation problems
l Hormonal influences – they are more common during puberty, pregnancy and menopause
How to get rid of spider veins ?
Now the most effective and fast way is laser vein removal . Laser vein treatment, which is done in a doctor's office or clinic and under local anesthesia, usually takes less than an hour. The procedure uses a focused beam of light to target the vein that is selected for treatment, and because the beam is focused it is careful not to affect nearby skin, tissue and veins. As the laser heats up the vein is destroyed, then, over a period of four to six weeks, the vein is reabsorbed by the body and disappears.
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