Spider veins are a common cosmetic problem that can make you uncomfortable wearing short skirts and dresses, or a bathing suit. There are several options to minimize their appearance or eliminate them, while preventing the problem from becoming worse.
If you have mild spider veins, you can usually camouflage them for special occasions. You have several options, such as high-coverage foundation or lotions designed to give you skin added color and glow. If you want to try foundation, it is best to go to a makeup counter so you can try a few samples. Look for options that are designed to be waterproof, so it does not rub off if you sweat or are wearing it to the beach. Test each sample under different conditions before deciding which color and brand works best. Some brands may set on their own or need a corresponding loose powder to be effective. Lotions can be a less expensive option. There are many on the market that are supposed to provide a temporary, natural tan-like color. Adding a little amount of color all over your legs and the added glow can often camouflage spider veins because the light will reflect off your legs differently.
Try Medical Treatments
There are two types of medical treatments used to minimize or eliminate spider veins. One is known a sclerotherapy, which involves a solution injected directly into the vein causing it to collapse and disappear. The procedure can be done without any numbing, but if you are sensitive to needles, your doctor may add a topical numbing cream to the injection site. As soon as the solution is injected into the vein, you can begin seeing the veins disappear. Since the solution spreads throughout adjoining veins, a large area may disappear with one injection. The second option is a laser that works similarly. The targeted area is treated with a laser to collapse the veins with little to no discomfort. Both procedures may require multiple treatments to achieve the desired look.
Prevent Their Return
It is always important to prevent new spider veins or the reappearance of ones previously treated. Unfortunately, some people are predisposed to developing spider veins and there is little they can do to prevent their return or stop them from becoming worse. Some factors contribute to the development of spider veins, such as weight gain or working in an environment where you are on your feet most of the day. Trying to avoid excess weight may help. If you must be on your feet all day, invest in comfortable shoes that provide adequate support and take extra pressure of your legs. Compression stockings can also be helpful while you are on your feet or if you are going thorough a temporary increase in leg pressure, such as pregnancy.
Although spider veins can be frustrating, they are rarely painful or harmful. Finding ways to minimize their appearance and reduce their return can help you regain confidence in showing your legs.