Even if you don’t personally have spider or varicose veins, chances are you’ve heard about them or know someone dealing with these types of veins. While spider or varicose veins typically aren’t life-threatening or uncomfortable, they can be a cosmetic concern for many. Because of these factors, there are people who would like to avoid getting these veins all together. However, preventing these veins isn’t as simple or attainable as it may seem.
What Causes Spider and Varicose Veins?
There are a number of factors that can cause spider and varicose veins that vary from person to person. Some of these factors are genetic, but other causes are a result of lifestyle choices. Genetic factors include family history, age and gender. Lifestyle causes include pregnancy, weight gain, lack of movement, food choices, going sedentary and more. Additionally, if you have these genetic factors and also choose to partake in the lifestyle causes, there’s a higher risk of spider and varicose veins developing quicker and earlier.
Unfortunately, varicose and spider veins cannot be prevented, especially if they are genetic. However, there are a number of steps you can take to slow the progression of existing veins. Some preventative measures include not sitting or standing for long periods, avoiding crossing your legs, engaging in physical activity to improve circulation, maintaining a healthy body weight, wearing compression stockings daily and avoiding high heels and tight clothing. While doing these things won’t get rid of these veins, they are good steps to take if you want to stunt their development.
What Can You Do?
Ultimately, spider and varicose veins are a mostly harmless, but unwelcome cosmetic concern. However, if these veins start to cause you pain or if you find them unsightly, seeking treatment can be a smart choice. The experts at Dermatology Associates of Atlanta offer some of the most effective technology for remedying varicose veins including sclerotherapy for leg veins and Veinwave™, VBeam® Perfecta or FotoFacial RF® for facial veins.
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