You’re young. You’re fit. You have beautiful skin. Are you at risk for spider veins? Read on as we tackle the myths and the facts in the name of great legs everywhere…
1. Only old people have spider veins.
False! It’s actually pretty common for younger women in their 20s and 30s to get spider veins. While aging is one of the risk factors for these pesky little skin discolorations, they can also be a result of pregnancy, sun damage, being overweight, your genes, medication and extended time on your feet.
2. You’re at less risk for spider veins if you exercise regularly.
False! The truth is, whether it’s the result of medication or lifting weights, anything that puts pressure on your veins can cause them to enlarge and become visible as spider veins.
3. Spider veins do not pose any health risks.
True! As luck would have it, spider veins may not be the most aesthetically appealing, but in general, there are no related health risks. That said, if you were to have multiple spider veins pop up on your stomach or arms, a doctor should be consulted to rule out certain rare genetic conditions.
If you discover that you’re one of the many who indeed have spider veins is it necessary to have spider vein treatment? Nope. However, if you really don’t like the way they look, you have options.
First, the easiest option is to simply cover them up—and no, we’re not talking about wearing long pants on a hot day! A little makeup goes a long way to blend spider veins in with your regular skin tone. If you’re looking for something more permanent, consider an in-office laser or sclerotherapy treatment. Both target spider veins in such a way that they dry up and are resorbed by the body naturally. While laser treatment is less invasive, sclerotherapy (injections) are more effective for larger veins.
The good news with treating spider veins is that all options are fairly cost effective. On average, treatments are about $300 per session. You may need 2 or 3 sessions, but results are permanent. Unfortunately, it’s likely that you’ll get more spider veins over time, but being aware of preventive measures—SPF, compression hose—can help to keep those pesky veins at bay.
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