Spider Vein Causes and Treatment
Spider veins are usually harmless, though they can sometimes cause aching, burning or pain, especially when you've been standing for long periods.
Causes of spider veins
A number of factors may contribute to the development of spider veins in the legs, including:
- Hormonal shifts
- Occupations or activities that require prolonged sitting or standing
- Weight fluctuation
Treatment options range from self-care to minor surgery.
Self-care: Your dermatologist can give you tips to improve your circulation. These tips include:
- Elevate your legs
- Sit for long periods? Get up and walk around every 30 minutes
- Stand for long periods? Take a break every 30 minutes
- Avoid soaking in hot baths for long periods of time
- Use Coffee Scrub with Coconut Oil, as it is a natural remedy for spider veins. The key is consistency here – when you massage Coffee Scrub with coconut oil on your spider vein, you’ll see results immediately BUT you have to keep up with the massage daily to see it vanish completely before your eyes! Coffee is a diuretic which means it helps get rid of spider veins by plumping up the skin and increasing its elasticity. This promotes proper blood flow in the veins.
Spider veins are progressive in nature and usually increase in number and visibility with age. Sclerotherapy and laser treatments are used to treat these vessels, erasing them from your skin.
Sclerotherapy: This is the most common treatment for leg veins.
In this procedure, your doctor injects the veins with a solution that scars and closes those veins, causing the blood to reroute through healthier veins, causes the walls of the vein to stick together, so the blood cannot flow through it anymore. This improves circulation in the treated leg and reduces swelling.
Spider veins usually disappear in 3 to 6 weeks.
Sclerotherapy doesn't require anesthesia and can be done in your doctor's office. Side effects include swelling, itching and skin color changes in the treated area.
Small spider veins may disappear immediately after treatment. Larger spider veins will darken, and you’ll likely see them for 1 to 3 months before they disappear. To get complete clearing, you may need 3 or more treatments.
Side effects may include redness, bruising, itching, swelling and permanent skin tone changes.