- Return of the Spider Veins
The truth is that there isn’t a magical, risk-free procedure that will make spider veins disappear forever. First of all, there is the very real risk of pigmentation changes in the skin. This is just part of the healing process. Some people choose to have treatment done during the winter so that is easier to hide the discoloration for a few months.
It is not uncommon for spider and varicose veins to return in nearby areas after the treatment. Once you start getting them, chances are that they will multiply if you don’t treat them. You can stay on top of them through injections or light/laser treatment every few years.
If you really want to stop spider and varicose veins in their tracks, you’ll need to wear graduated compression stockings. Unfortunately very few people like wearing them because they are tight, and difficult to put on. The benefit of compression garments is that they squeeze the legs (and veins), preventing the blood from pooling in the legs. You will see significant improvements if you consistently wear your compression stockings. They will not cure existing reticular veins but they will significantly impede the development of new ones.
Why Spider Veins Reappear?
Here are some of the most common reasons why spider veins come back:
Spider veins are shown to be more common in women than in men, especially during pregnancy.
For starters, hormonal changes weaken vein walls and cause veins to expand, tugging on valves and causing blood to flow in the wrong direction.
Weight growth occurs while the fetus grows inside the mother’s womb. The hefty weight puts downward pressure on the veins in the legs, which can cause blood flow to alter direction.
As a result, while spider veins are common throughout pregnancy, you should seek therapy after the baby is born.
If the condition is genetic, you can’t blame the treatment. If a member of your family or one of your parents has a history of spider veins, you’re more likely to develop them yourself.
It’s true that they may reappear owing to hereditary, but that doesn’t imply you can’t stop them.
Speak with your doctor; they will offer you some preventive tips as well as workouts that will help you avoid the creation of those unsightly veins.
They’ll also give you some compression stockings, which you should wear frequently for the best effects.
The most common cause of spider veins, especially on the face, is smoking.
This is due to the fact that smoking reduces blood flow.
This reduces the amount of room available for your blood to travel, which can lead to blood pooling, which destroys your veins and prevents them from functioning properly.
If you stop smoking, this process can be reversed. When you stop smoking, your veins will be healthy and function normally again.
However, you should continue to exercise to improve your blood circulation and reduce the risk of spider veins in the future.
The illness is more likely to affect women. Because female hormones tend to relax vein walls, hormonal changes before a menstrual cycle, during pregnancy, or during menopause could be a contributing factor. Varicose veins may become more common as a result of hormone therapies, such as birth control tablets.
What to do when spider veins reappear?
While they are generally harmless, they can be unsightly and cause discomfort or itchiness. Unfortunately, spider veins can reappear even after treatment. Here are some steps you can take if spider veins reappear:
- Consult with a vein specialist
If your spider veins reappear, it is essential to consult with a vein specialist to determine the underlying cause. In some cases, the reoccurrence may be due to an underlying condition such as venous insufficiency, which requires specific treatment.
- Wear compression stockings
Wearing compression stockings can help prevent spider veins from reappearing. Compression stockings help improve circulation and reduce the pressure on the veins, which can prevent the formation of new spider veins.
- Exercise regularly
Regular exercise can help prevent spider veins from reappearing. Exercise improves circulation and strengthens the muscles, which helps to support the veins.
- Maintain a healthy weight
Maintaining a healthy weight can also help prevent spider veins from reappearing. Being overweight puts extra pressure on the veins, which can lead to the formation of new spider veins.
- Avoid prolonged standing or sitting
Avoiding prolonged standing or sitting can also help prevent spider veins from reappearing. If you have to stand or sit for long periods, try to take breaks and move around every 30 minutes.
Are old people more likely to develop spider veins?
Yes, old people are more likely to develop spider veins. As we age, the veins in our legs lose elasticity, and the valves that control blood flow can weaken. This can cause blood to pool in the veins, leading to spider veins and varicose veins. Additionally, older people may have other risk factors for spider veins, such as a history of blood clots, hormonal changes, and a sedentary lifestyle. However, spider veins can occur at any age, and lifestyle factors such as standing or sitting for long periods, obesity, and genetics can also play a role in their development.
Visual Sclerotherapy for Spider Veins
Using a small needle, a specially formulated medical solution (called a sclerosant) is injected into visible spider or reticular veins. The sclerosing agent is generally made up of sodium tetradecyl sulfate or polidocanol. This compound will cause the vessel to swell and die. After the vein scars over, it is broken down and reabsorbed by the body. It can take up to a few weeks before improvement of the look of the spider vein cluster is noticeable.
Although the veins are quite small, the treatment of some may entail several sessions. Each case is different but generally it is necessary to treat spider veins over multiple sessions performed several weeks apart for a successful outcome.