Spider veins are a common reason to visit our Dearborn clinic. Most spider veins are red or blue and are similar to varicose veins, although spider veins are usually smaller. Their appearance on the surface of the skin can lead to come people feeling embarrassed or self-conscious about their appearance, and they may go to great lengths to keep them covered. Unfortunately, spider veins can become an even bigger problem as you get older. That’s because of what happens to your skin and to your veins as you age.
- Your skin becomes thinner as you age. This allows the varicose veins to appear closer to the surface and look more vivid over time.
- Your veins become less elastic as you age. That means that blood can pool in them, enlarging the vein and causing it to create a spider or varicose vein.
So does that mean you are destined to have spider veins? Not necessarily. There are a number of things that you can do as you get older in order to prevent spider veins or slow their appearance on your skin.
Tips to Prevent Spider Veins as You Get Older
Keep the weight off.
Additional weight can create pressure on your veins that causes them to start pooling blood at a younger age. Losing even five or ten pounds can reduce your risk. It’s good for your heart and other organs, too, to maintain a healthy weight as you get older. A simple lifestyle change of eating less and moving more will help you reduce your weight and reduce the strain on your veins.
Avoid a lot of idle time.
This can be harder for older adults, especially if they are still working at a desk job. Avoiding idle sitting or standing time can benefit your veins and help your heart keep pumping the blood through your body. If you do have a lot of idle time, take frequent breaks to walk around and stretch. Don’t forget to do this while you are watching television in the evenings, too. Idle time doesn’t happen just behind a desk.
Keep your legs elevated.
If you find that your spider veins appear on your legs the most often, keep them elevated as much as you can. This will direct the blood flow back to your heart instead of allowing the blood to pool in your veins. Keep your feet propped above your head when possible. Try laying on the couch when you are watching television and propping your feet up on pillows.
If you are concerned about spider veins on your face, make sure you are wearing plenty of sunscreen when you go out. This won’t only prevent spider veins from forming, but it will protect you from other skin concerns like wrinkles, age spots, and skin cancer. Your face isn’t the only place you should be using it, either. Make sure any exposed skin is regularly coated with sunscreen.
Avoid restrictive clothing.
Restrictive clothing, including shoes, can exacerbate the development of spider veins by restricting blood flow in your body. Avoid things like tight waistbands, super skinny jeans, and high-heeled shoes that pinch your feet. All of these things can keep blood from flowing back to the heart and staying in the veins, where it swells them and creates spider veins.
What To Do If You Get Spider Veins Anyway
Unfortunately, for some people getting spider veins is almost inevitable. It could be due to your gender (women are more susceptible), your genetics (if your mom got spider veins, chances are good that you will, too), or just lifestyle choices that you can’t take back now. The important thing is not to panic if you see them begin to appear. Remember, they aren’t as visible to other people as they are to you. And if you decide that they have to go, we can help.
Our spider vein treatment in Dearborn is a safe and effective option for getting rid of spider veins. We can turn back the clock on your skin’s appearance and diminish the appearance of spider and varicose veins. If you are concerned about your appearance or are having difficulties with spider veins, schedule an appointment with our team today. You can give us a call or make an appointment through our website.