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What Can Make Spider Veins Worse?

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In the majority of cases, spider veins cause minimal (if any) symptoms. However, they can certainly be a cosmetic nuisance and a source of frustration and embarrassment. In rare cases, they may also lead to uncomfortable symptoms and/or be an early sign of chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) or another vascular condition. In either case, it is important to understand what behaviors to avoid in order to prevent your spider veins from worsening – as well as what treatment options you have for treating your spider veins and getting the clearer complexion and boosted self-esteem you deserve. Here, the caring team at Vitality Vein Clinic – serving the Frisco, Prosper, and Celina, TX areas – provides helpful information on common causes of spider veins, what can exacerbate spider veins, and which vein treatments can reduce the appearance of your spider veins.

What are spider veins?

Spider veins – actually broken capillaries – are typically seen as blue, red, or purple branching lines just beneath the skin’s surface. Most often, spider veins appear on the face and legs and are typically not associated with painful symptoms, though they can cause itching, mild discomfort, cramping, and other issues in less common cases. Most often, spider veins are simply a cosmetic nuisance, but they can become worse and be an early indicator of other vascular conditions, making it important to understand how they can be treated and what can make them worse.

Causes of new and worsening spider veins

Many of the same risk factors for (and causes of) spider veins can also contribute to worsening spider veins. These include:

  • Obesity
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Long periods of standing or sitting
  • Smoking
  • Pregnancy
  • Hormone changes

How can I keep my spider veins from getting worse?

To prevent worsening spider veins, do the following:

  • Exercise regularly
  • Take breaks between extended periods of standing or sitting
  • If overweight or obese, make an effort to safely lose weight
  • Elevate your legs and feet
  • Wear compression socks as recommended

How can spider veins be treated?

Spider veins do not typically go away on their own, but professional vein treatments can help to dramatically reduce the appearance of visible spider veins on the face and body. At Vitality Vein Care, we help patients improve their spider veins with a variety of treatments, including sclerotherapy, endovenous ablation (RFA), and others. If you are interested in having your spider veins treated, we can help you understand which spider vein therapy may be most effective and appropriate for you.

Will spider veins come back after treatment?

Treated spider veins do not typically return, but many patients who have a history of spider veins are more at risk for developing new spider veins in the future. If you notice new spider veins forming after a previous treatment, a subsequent round of spider vein treatment is often successful in restoring your clearer complexion once again.

Stop hiding behind makeup once and for all with spider vein treatment in Frisco, TX

If you have spider veins that make you feel self-conscious about your look or have you concerned about future vascular issues, our caring and knowledgeable team is here to help. Contact Vitality Vein Center today to schedule your consultation for spider vein treatments in Prosper, TX, and get the peace of mind and boosted self-confidence you deserve.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.