Spider veins can develop when small valves in the veins become weak. These valves usually stop blood flowing backward through the veins, and when they are damaged blood can pool in the veins. This causes twisted and swollen veins that also become very visible. They can be noticeable because of their dark blue or purple appearance, they also often bulge out from underneath the skin.
The team of experts at Internal Beauty Med Spa has helped patients greatly reduce the appearance of spider veins. If you have spider veins, there are options for helping alleviate the symptoms, or improving their appearance. Here are five key elements to any spider vein prevention and treatment plan.
1. Keep Active
Staying active encourages better blood circulation in the legs, strengthening your circulatory system and encouraging vein health. Routine exercise also helps to regulate blood pressure, which is another leading cause of spider veins. Low-impact exercises (include swimming, walking, cycling, and yoga) help to get the calf muscles working without added strain.
Avoid being sedentary for extended periods of time. If a person is required to sit for work, make a conscious effort to get up and move around at regular intervals. Avoid sitting with crossed legs, as this can further restrict blood flow to the legs and feet, which may add to circulation problems.
2. Medical Compression Clothing
Compression stockings are available from most pharmacies and can help by applying specifically designed pressure to the legs. These garments are created with the specific intention of supporting the muscles and veins as they attempt to return blood to the heart. They provide evenly distributed pressure or some variations apply graduated pressure, which helps restore the structure to veins and arteries.
Wearing tight-fitting clothes can restrict blood flow in key areas. A person may find that their circulation improves when wearing loose-fitting clothes that do not restrict the blood supply to the lower body.
3. Modified Diet
Certain vitamins and minerals can help patients with varicose veins by encouraging circulation and limiting water retention. Below is a shortlist of nutrients you should keep an eye on:
Salty or sodium-rich foods can cause the body to retain water, so cutting down on salty food can minimize water retention. Foods high in potassium can help by reducing water retention in the body. Foods that are high in potassium include
- Leafy vegetables
Foods with fiber help to keep the bowels moving and prevent constipation. This may be important, as straining can aggravate damaged valves or make them worse. Foods that are high in fiber include
- Whole-grain foods
Adding foods that contain flavonoids may also help a person to shrink their spider veins. Flavonoids improve blood circulation, reducing the likelihood for it to collect in the veins.
They also help to reduce blood pressure in the arteries and can relax blood vessels. Foods that contain flavonoids include:
- Bell peppers
- Citrus fruits
4. Avoid Prolonged Pressure On Your Legs
Most importantly, give your legs ample opportunity to rest. After all, they do a lot for you. You should aim to keep your legs slightly elevated if you’re seated for long periods of time, during work, or relaxing at home. Keeping the legs elevated will help to improve circulation, reducing pressure in the leg veins and allowing gravity to help the blood to flow smoothly back to the heart.
Gently massaging the affected areas can help to keep the blood moving through the veins. A person can use gentle massage oils or moisturizers for optimal effects. It is crucial to avoid pressing directly onto the veins, however, as this may damage fragile tissues.
At Internal Beauty Med Spa, we offer our patients laser treatment for spider veins. This is a quick, effective, and non-invasive procedure that uses a directed beam of light to heat and destroy targeted veins. When the laser energy is applied to the treatment area, it targets the pigment in the blood and warms the vessel without damaging the skin or surrounding tissues. During laser spider vein treatment, you can expect the following:
- You are given a pair of goggles to protect your eyes from the laser light.
- Have a cooling gel applied to the treatment area.
- The laser will be directed over the spider veins. You may feel some uncomfortable sensations as the laser fires, as patients have described the sensation to be similar to the light snap of an elastic band
This therapy is also an excellent non-invasive alternative to sclerotherapy. Laser vein therapy can be one of the most effective spider vein treatment options for a variety of patients
Aesthetic Services Offered At Internal Beauty Med Spa
Along with our laser vein therapy, Internal Beauty Med Spa offers a range of aesthetics and beauty services to help keep you looking and feeling your best! Our comprehensive beauty services include Laser Hair Removal, Wrinkle Reduction Therapy, Botox/Fillers, and many more! We have the solution to all of your beauty needs!
Spider Vein Treatment Available in Greenbelt, Maryland
If you have questions about spider veins, preventing or reducing their appearance, or would like to learn more about laser vein treatment, reach out to the specialists at Internal Beauty Med Spa today! Call our offices to speak with a representative or schedule a consultation online today!