A few nice days can certainly get people in the mood for summer, but not everyone will be reaching for their shorts.

What’s stopping them? Spider veins.

Spider veins are small, visibly damaged veins that can make some people self-conscious. They aren’t necessarily dangerous, but they aren’t something most people get excited about either.

Thankfully, they can be removed without much pain or recovery time.

Laser treatment and sclerotherapy are the two main spider vein removal procedures. Laser treatment destroys the vein by penetrating the skin to kill it essentially. It can lead to a slight burning sensation, and it will also lead to skin damage.

Sclerotherapy treats larger areas of veins than laser therapy and works by injecting a solution through a tiny needle into the vein. The solution irritates the vein and causes it to scar and shut. It also disperses to all the branches of the vein, and you can literally watch them disappear.

The needle is tiny, and the entire procedure is essentially painless, and it is, by and large, a more efficient procedure than a laser.

Regardless of the procedure, you’ll have to wear a compression wrap for a few hours after the procedure. Once treated, spider veins don’t come back. However, others may appear in different areas.

Some lifestyle changes may help prevent spider veins, too. They include:

  • Wearing sunscreen
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Wearing compression stockings
  • Activity
  • Limit time tight clothing
  • Avoid overuse of hot tubs and saunas
  • Limit alcohol
  • Get regular exercise
  • Elevate your legs for at least five minutes per day


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