Do You Have Spider Veins?
The season for shorts is finally here and you’ve probably noticed some creepy-crawlies on your legs. No, not the insects that usually arrive with summer but those unsightly veins that have branched out on your legs. Spider veins tend to creep up unsuspectingly, especially if you’ve spent the winter in yoga pants and jeans. Unsure if you have spider veins? Find out more about them and how to get rid of them for good.
What are Spider Veins?
Spider veins are red, small, thread-like veins that resemble a skinny tree branch or a spider web. They are visible underneath the skin and normally appear on the legs including the front and back of the calves. They can also show up on a person’s thighs, buttocks and the face.
Women are more likely to develop spider veins than men. More than 50% of women will develop spider veins at some point in their life. Pregnancy and old age are two of the main reasons why a woman may develop spider veins.
What Causes Spider Veins?
Spider veins develop when there is damage to the valves in the veins. This prevents the normal flow of blood throughout your body. Your risk of developing spider veins will increase if:
You are pregnant – The extra blood flow your body produces can cause your veins to swell. Pressure from the growing uterus can also affect the veins in your legs.
Have a family history of spider veins – Recent studies have shown that the likelihood of developing spider veins increases if a parent had them as well.
You are overweight or obese – Excess weight puts added pressure on the legs, causing spider veins.
You are older in age – As we walk, the calf muscles and veins work together to help pump blood back to our heart. However, as we age, not only do the valves in our veins become weak but so do our calf muscles.
Should I Be Worried?
If you have spider veins, you may find them unappealing, but they pose no real health concern. However, if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, it is advised for you to see a medical professional.
The vein appears swollen, more red than normal, or it has become warm and tender to touch. This could be a sign of a blood clot.
Sores or a rash develops on your leg or ankle.
One of the veins starts to bleed.
The skin on the ankle or calf has changed in color.
You can no longer perform everyday activities.
At Fountain of Youth, we have a state of the art laser therapy treatment specifically for spider veins. Our device delivers light energy with continued pulses that allow the blood in your veins to be redirected to their original point. After a few rounds of treatments, you will see results in about six weeks.
Stop those spider veins in their tracks! Get your legs summer ready with our laser therapy treatments at Fountain of Youth.
Stop by Fountain of Youth today for a consultation about your spider vein concerns. Visit us at 6729 Spanish Fort Blvd. Ste BC in Spanish Fort, Alabama, or call us at (251) 525-8446.