How can I prevent spider veins?

There are many simple methods to help prevent or at least control the development of spider veins in the lower extremities.

 

If you have an occupation that requires prolonged sitting and standing, to prevent spider veins consider performing feet, ankle and leg movements frequently.  These exercises can be as simple as performing ankle pumps or flexion and extension (heel – toe movements).  Standing flat foot and raising onto your toes repeatedly is also an excellent, yet simple, exercise.  In doing these movements, the calve muscle contracts.  When contracted this muscle applies pressure on veins and forces blood flow back above the valves.  Spider veins are caused in part by poor blood flow past the valves and flexing the calves helps constrict the main veins and push blood flow through problem valve points.  This in turn relieves pressure in the leg veins and will lead to the development of fewer spider veins. 

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Wearing support hose is also helpful.  However, these should not be worn during sleeping hours unless instructed to by a physician.  Equally important is not wearing clothing that constricts blood flow such as socks, knee highs, etc. at the ankles or behind the knees.

Even items that are meant to prevent vascular compromise may create more of a problem if not worn properly.

 

If you like to sleep with a pillow under the knees to help with low back pain, make certain that the pillow is placed vertical or lengthwise behind the knees rather than behind the knees in a horizontal position.  This will prevent too much pressure on the main vessels behind the knee area when using pressure relief devices.

 

Many medications contribute to the development of spider veins such as oral contraceptives.  Discuss with your doctor if any of your prescriptions are making you more predisposed to this condition.

 

Last, but certainly not least, is exercise!  A short, brisk walk every day will greatly improve blood flow in the lower extremities thereby reducing the possibility of developing new spider veins.

 

Lori Haney, RN, MEP-C

Certified Medical Laser Safety Officer

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Why do I have spider veins?

There are many reasons why people develop spider veins.  First and foremost, there is a strong familial (genetic) tendency that predisposes you to having this common condition – mostly on the maternal (mother’s) side. 

 

Medications also may make you more prone to spider veins as well as social habits such as smoking which can affect your circulation.  Prolonged sitting and standing may increase your chance of developing spider veins or make your spider veins worse.

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There is research that also suggests that hormonal changes may have a role in whether or not a person will develop spider veins.  Besides treatment (sclerotherapy or laser treatments), preventative measures to avoid smoking or excessive periods of standing or sitting can help in preventing or controlling spider veins.

 

Lori Haney, RN, MEP-C

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What are spider veins?

The medical term for a spider vein is "telangiectasia".  Spider veins are those unsightly small veins that tend to reveal themselves on the face, chest, and legs.  Consider the example of an upside down tree.  The trunk represents the largest vessels for blood flow – the arteries.  The branches of the trees are the veins.  The smaller branches that are connected to the larger branches would be the “spider veins.”

Spider veins represent a cosmetic concern vs. a health concern and are differentiated from varicose veins because spider veins are not associated with other signs and symptoms such as poor circulation, bumpy or protruding veins or pain in the legs.  Because spider veins are superficial, they are not necessary for good blood flow.  Spider veins are primarily genetically linked, but may develop from chronic sun damage as the skin and tissue cells change as a result of photodamage.  Spider veins and other more serious vein issues like varicose veins occur about when the valves in the veins are weakened (usually with age and because of genetic factors) causing the pooling of blood in the lower extremeties.  This poor valve function is the genetic link for those with lower extremity vein issues.  When spider veins are found in the face, they are more often linked to genetics and sun damage than poor circulation.

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Spider veins are usually considered to be less than 3mm in diameter.  They can be red, purple, blue, or a combination of all three colors.  The color is determined by the depth of the vessel with red being the most superficial and closer to the surface and blue and purple lying deeper in the tissue.  Celibre uses Class IV medical lasers to safely and effectively eliminate spider veins on the face and legs for all skin types.

 

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