Understanding Spider Veins
Spider veins are small, dilated blood vessels near the surface of the skin that can appear as red, blue or even purple threads that spider out on the skin. They typically develop on your legs, but it’s not uncommon to have them on your face, chest and other areas of your body.
For most people, spider veins are simply a cosmetic annoyance. But even though spider veins look harmless, they can be an indication that the larger veins beneath the surface are not functioning properly. In some cases, if left untreated, they will continue to multiply making it more difficult to eliminate them. When you come to Vein Institute of Connecticut, Dr. Afshar will do a thorough screening to make sure you have no medical cause for these unsightly little veins.
How to minimize spider veins
As with varicose veins, spider veins cannot be prevented. There are, however, several measures you can take to minimize spider veins and also speed recovery after treatment.
- Wear compression stockings to support your lower legs and help minimize the development of unwanted blood vessels.
- Maintain a healthy weight. Extra weight puts stress on your circulation.
- Exercise regularly, especially with cardio-based workouts to promote healthy circulation.
- Wear low-heeled shoes. Gravity is the enemy of our vascular system. High heels put unneeded stress on your circulation.
Recommended treatment for spider veins
Foam sclerotherapy is the gold standard of treatment for spider veins in the legs. Depending on the size and number of veins, you may need one, two or more sessions to treat your spider veins.