Can You Prevent Spider Veins?

Do you have spider veins on your feet, ankles, legs, or other areas of your body? Are you wondering if there’s anything you can do to prevent them from forming? At Girard Internal Medicine, we understand spider veins can make you feel self-conscious or embarrassed. 

And while spider veins are seldom a cause for concern, Nicole Kimzey, DO, and our compassionate care team knows your overall wellbeing is affected by how you feel about yourself, inside and out. That’s why we’re happy to offer spider vein treatment to men and women in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

That said, you might be wondering if there's a way to stop spider veins before they start. Keep reading to find out!

What are spider veins?

Superficial leg veins, or spider veins, are the tiny red, purple, or blue veins that resemble twisty strings (or the legs of spiders) on your skin. While they’re most often seen on the face, legs, ankles, and feet, spider veins can actually occur almost anywhere on your body. 

When the microscopic one-way valve that controls the direction of blood flow into your capillaries stops functioning correctly, blood begins to pool in these tiny veins, making them visible on the surface of your skin. The result? Spider veins.  

While larger varicose veins can increase your risk of developing blood clots, spider veins aren’t linked to any health concerns. But that doesn’t mean their unsightly appearance can’t have a negative impact on your self-esteem and quality of life.

Are spider veins preventable?

Many people want to know if they can prevent spider veins from forming. The answer is an unsatisfactory maybe.

Medical researchers still don’t understand the reason why some people develop spider veins while others don’t. We do know spider veins are highly associated with certain factors and conditions, such as pregnancy, weight gain, sun exposure, and the use of hormone-based birth control. 

Spider veins also appear to run in families. So if your mother, grandmother, and aunts have spider veins, you may develop them, too, despite your best efforts. 

However, there are steps you can take to stop these unsightly veins from developing. Here are Dr. Kimzey’s top tips for keeping your veins healthy and your skin spider-vein free:

Are spider veins treatable?

Yes! The good news is if you develop spider veins, the IconTM Aesthetic System at Girard Internal Medicine can reduce their appearance — without the need for injections or incisions. This cutting-edge laser light treatment causes your blood vessels to constrict, making your spider veins significantly less noticeable.

The number of treatment sessions required depends on your veins and personal goals. Dr. Kimzey evaluates your spider veins to recommend the right treatment plan for you. While some people with tiny veins may only require one treatment, most patients benefit from three or more sessions.

You can expect extremely small veins to disappear immediately, while darker or larger spider veins may look more noticeable before lightening and clearing away. Dr. Kimzey reviews what you can expect from laser treatment as well as any restrictions or recommendations for healing.    

Ready to learn more about preventing or treating spider veins? Dr. Kimzey and Girard Internal Medicine can help! Simply contact our Philadelphia office to request an appointment today.

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