No one likes to look at their legs or face and see little blue and purple lines networking across their skin like a road map. Unfortunately, millions of people struggle with these annoying spider veins and don’t know where they came from or how to get rid of them. Let’s take a look at what these spider veins are, how we can treat them, and how we can prevent them over time.

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Spider Veins

Spider veins are small, damaged veins typically measuring less than 1mm in diameter, and often appearing in clusters. They most frequently appear on the surface of the legs or even the face. Typically, they are not painful or harmful but can be symptomatic or an indicator of deeper venous issues. They are generally more of a visual nuisance than a medical problem, but they may cause an achy or tingling feeling in the affected legs.

These factors that can contribute to the development of spider veins:

  • Heredity.
  • Obesity.
  • Hormonal changes during pregnancy and menopause.
  • Standing or sitting for long periods of time.

Preventing Spider Veins

If you are wanting to be proactive rather than reactive, you may be wondering what you can do to prevent spider veins from occurring in the first place. The following are a few things that you can do to improve the flow of blood in your legs and to decrease the risk of developing spider veins.

  1. Maintain a healthy weight. Since obesity is one of the causes of spider veins, it stands to reason that maintaining a healthy weight will decrease your chance of developing them. If you are overweight, consult a health professional to help you find an eating plan that works best for you.
  2. Get regular physical activity. Prolonged periods of sitting or standing are culprits in the formation of spider veins. To combat this, make sure that you are getting intentional periods of physical activity which will keep the blood flowing properly in your legs.
  3. Do not stand to sit for extended periods of time. If you have a job that requires you to sit for long hours at a desk or behind a steering wheel, take a few minutes each hour to get up and move around. Likewise, if your job requires you to stand for long stretches of time in front of a classroom, counter, workstation, or another post, be sure to take a few minutes each hour to sit down. Perhaps you can even incorporate a stool into your workspace for more frequent breaks.
  4. Elevate your feet. This simple activity is good for the blood flow in your legs and with your feet elevated, gravity helps your body get that blood flowing back up to your heart more easily than when you are standing and the pull of gravity works against your veins.
  5. Wear Compression Stockings. Compression stockings will put pressure on your veins, which will increase blood flow from your legs. Wearing them will give your legs a little boost and keep the blood flowing.

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Treating Spider Veins

If you take the above precautions and still develop spider veins, the specialists at Albuquerque Vein & Laser Institute can help you with these treatments:

Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is the gold standard in spider vein treatment, which involves the injection of an FDA-approved solution directly into the vein via a tiny needle. The injected solution irritates the lining of the vein, causing it to collapse and then to disappear over time. Most patients require a series of 3-5 treatments over the course of several months, although the number of required treatments varies with each patient.

Veinwave Laser Treatment

Used primarily to remove tiny spider veins on the face and nose that are too small for sclerotherapy, Veinwave treatment uses an ultra-thin needle that emits radiofrequency energy into the vein in order to damage the vein. Essentially, the targeted cells are heated with the current which then causes them to die. These damaged cells will be absorbed by the body and flushed away by the body’s own metabolic processes. Results are almost immediate, with continued improvement over the next few days and weeks.

I’m very pleased with Dr. Cutchen’s work that he did on my leg He was informative as he went along and it turned out great. His staff is great and very supportive My leg looks great, feels great and doesn’t swell like it did.

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Take The Next Step

If you are interested in learning more about spider veins or their treatment, schedule a consultation with our experienced staff who can help you find the best treatment for your specific symptoms! Pursue better vein health by scheduling an appointment with the trusted medical staff at Albuquerque Vein & Laser Institute at 505-848-VEIN. You can also fill out the form on this page and one of our staff members will reach out to you promptly. Albuquerque Vein & Laser Institute is located in the Journal Center area of Albuquerque and proudly serves vein patients throughout the entire Albuquerque area, as well as Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, Santa Rosa, Los Lunas and other areas throughout New Mexico.