Nasal spider veins are very common and rarely disappear on their own. One exception is pregnancy-related spider veins (usually on lower legs, however) that can disappear after a few months. Here’s why spider veins are so persistent:
Spider Veins are Delicate and Exposed
The capillaries that become spider veins are tiny and superficial. They are subject to vein bruising and easily damaged by anything from rough face washing to sun exposure. The nose, where the sun hits first and/or most often, is perhaps most at risk for sun damage and spider veins.
Affected by Aging
As we age, vein walls can become weaker, combining with other factors to eventually cause spider veins. Age-related problems don’t go away on their own. Getting treatment and controlling lifestyle factors can help delay or minimize age-related issues, like spider veins. (Please view our Before & After photo gallery to see recent patient results.)
Sensitive to Hormonal Changes
Everyone experiences hormonal changes throughout the stages of life. Women may experience more hormonal issues, from pregnancy, birth control, and menopause, but everyone goes through puberty’s hormonal shifts. Pregnancy-related spider or varicose veins may go away on their own when the system returns to normal.
Part of the Vascular System
Tiny capillaries (which form spider veins) are blood vessels, just like your veins and arteries, and can share the same problems and risk factors. If you have a family history, for example, you will tend to keep developing them throughout your life. Luckily, there are many effective and nearly painless sclerotherapy or laser vein treatment.
May Have Hidden Sources
Webs of spider veins are often “fed” by a nearby vein that is not visible. With Cincinnati vein treatment, our experienced doctors can quickly banish problem veins, leaving you with improved skin tone and diminished redness. After laser vein treatment (or other options) you may need touch up treatments to eliminate new spider vein clusters.
How to Avoid Spider Veins
You may not be able to avoid spider veins entirely, as we’ve discussed above. These tips can help you avoid spider veins: Limit UV exposure: Wear your hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen even on cloudy days, because exposure adds up over your lifetime. Be gentle with your skin: If you have delicate, sensitive, thin or light skin, you can get spider veins from harsh scrubbing and “abusing” your skin. Get rosacea treatment: If you have rosacea, a common skin condition, you could be more likely to develop spider veins. Keep moving: Avoid being sedentary or standing in one position too long. Maintain overall health: Stay at a healthy weight, eat right, exercise and limit alcohol. Support good circulation: Wear compression stockings when needed/recommended, avoid crossing your legs and wearing tight clothing or shoes. If you develop annoying spider veins, get convenient and effective treatment at Vascular & Interventional Associates in Cincinnati. Contact VIA Vein Center today.