Spider Veins

If you notice little red or blue web-like veins running down your legs, you may be a bit concerned. After all, you’re healthy and fit, so why you are dealing with something that happens to older adults? Well, the fact is, that anyone can develop spider veins. While they are usually nothing to worry about, here’s what you should know about this common vein problem.

Causes of Spider Veins

Any pressure on your veins can lead to spider veins. Some of the most common causes include,

  • Injury
  • Sitting or standing for long periods of time (e.g. sitting on a plane)
  • Weight gain
  • Pregnancy

This is a problem for both men and women, and while many people will begin to notice them during their 20s and 30s, they become more visible and apparent once you reach age 50 or older.

Can I prevent spider veins?

Unfortunately, there is no way to guarantee that you will never get spider veins; however, there are certain precautionary steps you can take to reduce your risk.

Some of these preventive measures include,

  • Losing excess weight
  • Taking breaks from your desk regularly to walk around
  • Get up and stretch your legs regularly while on a plane or while traveling
  • Wearing compression stockings to improve blood flow to the legs and feet

Should I be concerned about spider veins?

This is a problem that most people will notice at some point during their lifetime and most of the time it’s nothing to worry about (even though we know that spider veins aren’t the most attractive feature); however, if you notice leg achiness, swelling, or heaviness then this could be a sign of an underlying issue that will require an evaluation from our vascular surgical team.

Can I get rid of spider veins?

If you decide that your spider veins are making you feel self-conscious, the good news is that our vascular surgeon at VeinMedic can easily help you get rid of your spider veins. Sclerotherapy is usually the most common treatment option for spider veins. During this procedure, we will inject a special solution in the damaged veins to block the vein and prevent blood. Over time the vein will collapse, and the body will reabsorb it.

While the presence of spider veins shouldn’t be a cause for alarm, if you suddenly notice them developing rapidly along the torso or legs, schedule an evaluation with Dr. Michael Kassouf at one of the NYC locations. 

Call VeinMedic In Brooklyn And Queens NY at (718) 238-0131 to discuss spider vein removal options.

BROOKLYN

346 76th Street, Bay Ridge Brooklyn, 11209 New York, USA

QUEENS

40-35 95th Street, Elmhurst, Queens 11373 New York, USA

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