Around half of the population will develop or has already developed spider and varicose veins, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Vein problems might be common, but that doesn’t make them any less of a hassle to deal with. If you’ve got spider veins and wish you didn’t, there are a few ways you can treat the veins and things you can do to keep them from getting worse or coming back.
Tips and Tricks for Spider Veins
Get Vein Treatment
If your spider veins are annoying enough, you can get medical treatment to get rid of them. There are few treatment options for the problematic veins. Sclerotherapy is often considered the “gold standard” treatment, meaning it’s commonly used and very effective. During sclerotherapy, your vein doctor will inject the problem veins with a chemical that causes the veins to collapse and seal shut. Once the veins are sealed, blood can’t get through. The damaged veins end up fading away. Don’t worry about your blood, though, as it’s rerouted to other blood vessels in the area.
The second treatment option is transdermal laser, also known as pulsed light. During laser treatment, a light beam heats up the problem veins, sealing them off. The damaged veins fade away and get reabsorbed by your body.
Get On Your Feet
There are a few things you can do to keep spider and varicose veins from returning after treatment or to keep those veins from getting worse. One of the best things to do is to get more exercise, or at least to get more movement into your daily life. Sitting still for hours on end or even standing for long periods of time can interfere with blood flow, making veins more likely to be visible.
Find some way to get more exercise and movement into your life. You can try taking a walk at your lunch break or hitting the gym after work. A simple solution might be to set a timer for 30 minutes. Once it dings, get up from what you’re doing and take a lap around the office or around your block.
Get Out of the Sun
Did you know that sun exposure can make spider veins worse? Those pesky UV rays can even make visible veins develop on your face. To keep the problem veins from spreading or returning after treatment, make sure you wear sunscreen every day, even on cloudy days. It’s also a good idea to limit the amount of time you spend in the sun, if at all possible in sunny Houston.
Ready to say good-bye to spider and varicose veins? Metro Vein Centers in Houston, Texas offers a range of treatments to help you look and feel your best. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and to get more information.