Any woman who has spider veins marring the look of her legs will tell you that they are the bane of existence. Cellulite is no fun, either, but it seems that woman with spider veins top 55 percent of the United States’ population, so it is as much a problem as cellulite is. The good news is, however, that there are solutions for banishing spider veins.
The Life Choices That Add Up To Spider Veins
Heredity, not life choices, has one of the biggest influences on whether a woman will develop thin, twisting, turning blue veins along her legs. If a woman’s mother had spider veins, there is a good chance she will, too. However, life choices also increase the risk of developing spider veins.
According to Dr. Luis Navarro of New York City’s Vein Treatment Center, smoking and obesity contribute the most to spider veins. Next to these, birth control pills and hormonal birth control products can also contribute to spider veins.
Smoking can affect vein health as it puts a strain on a person’s blood pressure, among other things. Obesity puts pressure on the circulation system, making spider veins more likely. As for birth control pills and products, these products alter a woman’s hormones.
The weakening of hormones speeds up the formation spider veins. Weakened hormones also play a role in the development of varicose veins, which can be even more serious to a woman’s health as she ages.
How To Prevent Spider Veins
There are not many things that you can do to prevent spider veins. You cannot alter your hereditary makeup, so if you are destined for spider veins, you will get them.
However, any exercise that helps with circulation like running or jogging will help keep veins from forming as much as they otherwise might without exercise.
Spider Vein Treatment Options
Sclerotherapy is one of the most effective treatments for spider veins. Dr. Navarro explains that this treatment is done by injecting a combination of salt, fatty acids and glycerin into each vein. This solution makes the vein collapse and this process allows the blood to flow back into the blood stream safely.
This process can be done without any downtime. It can cause bruising in some women, but it typically clears up in about a week or two.
Another version of this is cryo-sclerotherapy. This is a painless version of the treatment above and it involves blasting cold air onto the skin and numbing it. There is also a foam sclerotherapy version. This foam clings onto the vein wall but takes weeks for results to be seen. This treatment works well on large veins, according to Navarro.
The Cost Of Treatments
The average treatment will take two or four sessions and will also require a follow-up visit to your doctor. Treatments can cost about $500 or $1,000 each.
These treatments may be pricey, but there are very little side effects and the spider veins begin going away as soon as the treatments are completed. Spider veins may return, but this is only if a person is subject to their genetic development.
More affordable at-home treatments are available to rid spider veins from the legs. Health food stores offer horse chestnut seed extract. This will help reduce swelling and redness. This supplement will not get rid of the veins, however, according to Dr. Navarro. Other self-treatment options include leg makeup and self-tanning products.