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Varicose and Spider Vein Prevention

Varicose veins and spider veins are a natural part of the aging process that, like it or not, will inevitably happen to most people at a certain period in time. However, as with most physical conditions, there are ways to prevent varicose and spider veins from becoming too evident, and there are also ways to treat them.

If you are starting to notice that you are developing varicose or spider veins anywhere on your body, please contact us today to speak with a board certified plastic surgeon about your treatment options.

What Are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins typically appear on the legs and are blue in coloring. They form when the valves that carry blood from the legs to the heart endure a complication, which causes the blood pressure inside the veins to increase and the veins to become dilated and twisted.

Varicose Vein Prevention

There are several different ways to prevent the varicose veins from developing, including:

  • Eating a low-fat diet and plenty of fiber
  • Cutting down on salt intake
  • Exercise
  • Wearing loose clothing that doesn’t affect blood flow
What Are Spider Veins?

Spider veins, also known as telangiectasias, are small clusters of red, blue and purple veins that commonly appear on thighs, calves and ankles. They can be treated with a procedure know as sclerotherapy, which involves the injection of a solution into the vein. The solution causes the veins to collapse and eventually fade.

Spider Vein Prevention

Many of the same daily habits are associated with spider vein prevention as with varicose vein prevention. Some additional preventatives include:

  • Avoiding long periods of sitting or standing
  • Standing in a tub of cold water
  • Avoiding certain foods that are high in animal protein, sugar and junk foods in general

Varicose veins and spider veins are a natural part of the aging process and are more common in women. If you would like to learn more about varicose vein and/or spider vein prevention, please contact us today. We’ll put you in contact with a board certified plastic surgeon who can answer your questions and address your concerns.