While October has us excited about dressing up in scary costumes, having unsightly spider veins all year round might leave you self-conscious. These small capillaries show up close to the skin’s surface on your thighs, calves and ankles. More common in women, they look small, thin, red or blue and aren’t painful or swollen.
What Might Be Causing Your Spider Veins?
- Job (standing a lot and walking all day on a hard surface)
- Smoking – (it narrows the veins in your legs causing vessels to harden and carbon monoxide in cigarettes inflame the veins by sucking out your blood’s oxygen supply.)
- Sun damage – ultraviolet rays break down your skin’s and blood vessel’s collagen.
- Aging- Normal aging wears down your vein valves diminishing blood flow and weakening your veins.
How to Avoid Spider Veins
- Wear sunscreen outdoors using at least an SPF 30 sunscreen
- Eat healthily and lose excess weight.
- Wear compression stockings if you stand or walk all day
- Boost blood circulation with exercise
- Avoid tight clothes that constrict your legs, waist, or pelvic area
- Imbibe in alcohol strictly in moderation
- Elevate your legs when sitting a while
Treating Unsightly Spider Veins
If you are self-conscious about your spider veins and want them removed, our skilled dermatologists can treat them using sclerotherapy. Our dermatologists simply inject a saltwater solution into your spider vein areas to collapse the veins. Depending on how many spider veins you have, they may need to have multiple treatments so the veins fade over time and bruising diminishes.
Please call our Dermatology Center today at 801-224-5200 if you are ready to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kraig K. Jenson, Byron Edwards or Dr. Devin Burr in Orem, Utah to remove your spider veins. You deserve to be confident in showing your bare legs!