While spider veins aren’t harmful to you, they certainly don’t look beautiful. If you have a family member or friend who has them, they can tell you how it makes them feel self-conscious whenever they wear a dress or shorts. These veins are caused by enlarged red or blue blood vessels that sit close to the surface of the skin. They get their name from the web-like pattern they form as they branch out. While they typically appear on the face or legs, they can show up just about anywhere on the body.
Many different factors can lead to spider veins. Any hormonal changes, obesity, failure to get up and move around, and sun exposure can all increase your chances of developing these veins. Spider veins are not necessarily fully preventable, but there are some steps you can take to minimize the risk of developing them. And, if you do happen to have them, don’t worry—you can always call New Beginnings Medical Spa to take care of them for you!
Wear sunscreen when going outdoors: We all know that sunscreen can help our skin when it comes to preventing skin cancer and early aging. For example, we can lessen our chances of developing wrinkles and dark spots by properly applying UV protection. However, using sunscreen frequently can actually prevent spider veins from developing, especially on your face.
Avoid crossing your legs: As comfortable as sitting in this position can be, sitting with your legs crossed for too long can slow down the flow and lead to blood vessel damage. This can lead to the vein valves and walls losing strength. Weak veins often mean spider and varicose veins.
Stay as active as possible: Try your best not to sit or stand too long without moving. For those who need to stand for long periods of time for work, shift your weight between each leg every few minutes to make sure the blood stays flowing. Also, try not to sit for longer than 30 minutes at a time without getting up and walking around. It’s movement and exercise that will encourage blood flow the best, meaning less of a chance of spider veins.
Elevate your legs occasionally: When you are laying down and resting, kick your feet up if possible! This will relieve some of the pressure that is nearly always on your legs and help some of the blood drain back to your heart. Elevating your legs releases some of the pressure on the veins and skin, which will keep them stronger.
Invest in good footwear: While your heels are stylish, save them for special occasions. It’s low-heeled shoes that are more likely to keep the blood flowing properly in your legs. Also, try your best to avoid clothing that constricts your body at your legs, groin, or waist. This can cause a backup of blood flow in your lower body. Consider compression stockings or socks if you would like your clothing to help your blood make its way back to your heart and prevent your veins from expanding too much.
Call New Beginnings Medical Spa
While there are several ways for you to prevent spider veins, sometimes they are inevitable. Many people inherit them genetically or get them as a result of an activity they did when they were younger. If this sounds like you, there is no need to be concerned! We at New Beginnings Medical Spa have the expertise and the tools to eliminate your spider veins and bring back your confidence. Contact our team today to schedule your appointment! We look forward to working with you.