Many women spend a good deal of time and money to make their legs look soft, smooth, and toned. Despite these efforts, they may have or develop unwanted spider veins on their legs and feet.
Spider veins can make individuals self-conscious, believing that their legs appear aged or blemished.
Fortunately, aesthetic physicians can offer expert advice on how to deal with them.
Spider veins are inflated veins that are often found in the legs and feet. However, the enlargement of a vein can occur anywhere on the body and so can spider veins.
It’s important to note that patients are usually bothered by the aesthetics of them, rather than any pain or discomfort.
Spider veins are usually caused by genetics, prolonged standing, or habitual leg crossing. With standing and leg crossing, the pressure exerted on the lower body results in the vein expansion.
While genetics cannot be overcome, aesthetic physicians recommend that patients take breaks when they must stand for extended periods of time. Women should also make a conscious effort to stop crossing their legs frequently.
In addition. regular exercise is key to prevent the development of new spider veins or the worsening of existing ones.
Sclerotherapy is the most common treatment for spider veins. Your treating provider will inject a solution meant to reduce the affected veins.
After Sclerotherapy, patients may experience bruising for a week or more. For this reason, many women elect to do this procedure in the winter when they can keep their legs covered.
There are also laser options for smaller spider veins.
If spider veins are making you self-conscious or if you’d like to learn more, call the Vein Center of Maryland to schedule an appointment.
We are conveniently located in Westminster, Eldersburg, Baltimore, Hunt Valley and Bel Air.