Spider veins occur when valves within the vein walls become damaged, causing blood to accrue within the vein. You can quickly identify spider veins as small, twisting vessels visible through the skin, often blue, red, or purple. While it is a relatively common condition that Dr. Joseph Jensen sees often, the appearance of these discolored webs is often a cause of self-consciousness.
The condition often occurs in the lower extremities, including the thighs and calves. Spider veins can also become itchy and uncomfortable, or even painful, impacting your ability to go about daily life. If left untreated, more painful varicose veins can also develop. There are a number of factors that can cause spider veins to develop, including genetics, hormonal changes, obesity, levels of activity, and even your profession.
While we see many patients looking to treat spider veins that have already occurred, there are proactive steps you can take to help prevent the condition.
1. Maintain a Healthy Weight and Active Lifestyle
Regular exercise, even short walks, can help improve blood circulation and is part of a well-rounded, healthy lifestyle. Physical activity can also help maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight can put extra pressure on your veins, causing them to become strained.
2. Wear Compression Socks or Stockings
If you are sitting for long periods, such as for a cross-country flight or a desk job, wearing compression stockings and socks can help improve circulation. This is also true for people who are regularly on their feet, including hospitality and healthcare workers.
3. Elevate your legs
If you notice swelling after exercise or being on your feet for a prolonged period, elevating your legs at the end of the day can help prevent blood pooling.
If you are already living with spider veins, these steps can help. The condition is also very treatable with a non-invasive procedure. Dr. Jensen uses endovenous ablation, which utilizes a tiny, flexible catheter that emits radio frequency energy into the affected vein or veins.
During your consultation, Dr. Jesen will evaluate your current condition, address any questions, and assess the best treatment plan. Treatment for spider veins is an outpatient procedure that is painless for most patients. Call our Layton, Utah, office at 385-424-4567 or visit us online at drjosephjensen.com to book your appointment.