8 Causes of Spider Veins & How to Treat Them


8 Causes of Spider Veins & How to Treat Them

8 Causes of Spider Veins & How to Treat Them

Though harmless, spider veins are something many people have and wish they did not. Spider veins, also called telangiectasia or thread veins, appear as purple, red, or blue “spiderwebs” just under the skin. They are commonly found on the face and legs and pose a cosmetic problem for many men and women.

But what causes spider veins? And is there a way to treat them?

Medical Tattoo & Cosmetic Centers of America discusses what causes spider veins and the best way to treat and prevent further appearances.

What Are Spider Veins?

The first step to understanding spider veins is to know how they form. We develop spider veins when tiny, one-way valves inside the veins weaken.

Healthy valves are able to push the blood in one direction, back to the heart. However, weakened valves allow blood to flow backward and accumulate in the vein.

The accumulated blood appears as the blue, red, or purple veins that you see on your legs or other areas of your body.

8 Common Causes of Spider Veins

There are many causes of spider veins, and we’ve broken down the most common reasons they appear. Luckily, some of the causes can be treated or prevented through lifestyle changes, which we will discuss later.

1. Heredity

Unfortunately, some people have a genetic predisposition to spider veins. A family history of spider veins or varicose veins increases the risk of developing them. This is because genetics can influence the strength and health of blood vessel walls.

2. Age

Sometimes, age can cause spider veins, as a natural part of our body’s aging process. Normal wear and tear on our veins can cause them to lose elasticity and become more prone to dilation.

3. Hormonal Changes

Pregnancy and menopause can cause spider veins because of hormonal changes. During pregnancy, the increase of estrogen and progesterone can contribute to the appearance of spider veins.

During menopause, hormonal fluctuations can lead to the weakening of blood vessel walls, which increases the risk of spider veins.

4. Prolonged Sitting or Standing

Spending too much time sitting or standing without breaks can contribute to poor circulation, which can cause spider veins to develop.

5. Obesity

Excess weight puts pressure on your veins, particularly the ones in your legs. This pressure can contribute to the development of spider veins.

6. Sun Exposure

UV damage from the sun can damage the skin and blood vessels, which makes spider veins more visible. Sunlight weakens the collagen in the skin and blood vessel walls.

7. Inflammation

Inflammation or chronic inflammatory conditions like rosacea or dermatitis can affect blood vessels and their health, which can contribute to spider veins.

8. Injury or Trauma

Bruises or other trauma to the skin can disrupt your blood vessels and cause spider veins to form.

How to Treat Spider Veins

The good news that comes from these causes of spider veins is that some spider veins are treatable.

A procedure called sclerotherapy can help fade spider veins from your skin. This process involves injecting a liquid or foam medication (the sclerosant) into the affected veins.

This solution will cause the vein walls to harden, shrink, collapse, and eventually fade. You may have an ultrasound before the procedure to pinpoint the exact location of the injection(s).

There are a few potential side effects to this therapy, including:

  • Raised red areas on the skin
  • Bruising
  • Lines or spots that darken the skin
  • Minor skin sores
  • Visible tiny red blood cells

These typically fade after a few days to a few weeks after treatment. Always ensure you have a pre-procedure consultation to ensure you understand the process and the potential side effects.

How to Avoid Spider Veins

Other than medical treatments, changing your lifestyle is the best way to avoid spider veins. Getting regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, and avoiding prolonged periods of standing or sitting can help reduce the appearance of new spider veins.

Always consult a healthcare professional when making significant changes to your lifestyle.

Reduce & Remove Spider Veins With Medical Tattoo & Cosmetic Centers of America

Do you have concerns about spider veins and other skin problems? Contact Medical Tattoo & Cosmetic Centers of America for a free consultation about your concerns.

We offer many skin therapies to address your skin concerns, including medical tattoos, hair loss, and cosmetic injectables.

We want your best “You” to shine, so give us a call today to discuss your skin care needs. You can reach us at 612-770-0000 or send us a message online.

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