Contrary to popular belief, spider veins and varicose veins are not problems exclusive to the elderly. As soon as you pass your 20s, there’s a possibility of developing spider veins and, sometimes, even teenagers may see a few of these appear. However, spider veins are not as unsightly or as problematic as varicose veins, fortunately, and they do not generally tend to get worse before we get much older. Nevertheless, they become quite a nuisance if they start appearing on visible parts of the body such as the legs and especially the face. The good news is that there are ways to deal with these unwanted vascular exposures and depending on the severity of the situation and your budget, you can choose to deal with them in any of these following methods.
The cheapest and the fastest way to hide those spindly veins is applying makeup to blend them in with the surrounding skin. Of course, it won’t really make them disappear, but from a purely social point of view, it can be a short-term solution.
The lighter your complexion is, the more visible those veins will be under the skin. As a solution, you can use fake tan or go for an artificial tanning session at a salon to hide the veins. Don’t expose your skin too much to the actual sun though because it will make things worse.
This is the non-invasive treatment of choice at a vein treatment center and it works pretty well in most cases. The medical-grade laser is adjusted to match the wavelength of the patient’s blood cells and then applied to the skin where the veins are visible. As a result of this treatment, the blood vessels (spider veins) get damaged just enough to dry up and be reabsorbed into the surrounding tissue.
While this isn’t a preferred option, it is necessary when spider veins begin to get larger and develop into varicose veins. A hypertonic saline is injected directly into the visible blood vessels to make them clot, dry up and be reabsorbed. Sclerotherapy is more effective than laser therapy and will likely take care of any spider or varicose veins that might be troubling you.
Now that you know your options, it’s all about making the right choice. Makeup and tanning will work fine in the short-term, but you may need to take more serious measures down the line. If you have a few hardly visible spider veins, you probably don’t need to worry about them too much, but if it becomes a cause for concern, it is recommended that you visit the Vein Treatment Center at NY Metro Vein to take care of the problem as soon as possible.
Remember that just like most other health issues, spider veins should be dealt with before they develop into a real problem, which in this case happens to be throbbing, unsightly and painful varicose veins.