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Return of the Spider Veins

Spider Veins

Return of the Spider Veins

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: 

1. Pregnancy

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.

2. Genetics

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.

3. Smoking 

 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.

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.

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