While spider veins are more likely to appear after the age of 50, especially in women, plenty of 20-somethings can notice these web-like veins on their legs or face. Having broken blood vessels at such a young age can be alarming. Here, we look at the factors and treatment options for premature spider veins.
WHY SPIDER VEINS FORM
Spider veins are smaller and closer to the skin’s surface than varicose veins. They can be bright red or blue, with jagged, short lines, resembling spider webs (hence the creepy name).
Spider veins are typically the result of back-uped blood or broken capillaries.
CAUSES OF PREMATURE SPIDER VEINS
Spider veins on the legs or face can develop at any age, but some people may be more at risk than others. Possible causes of spiders veins in your 20s include:
- HORMONE CHANGES: Female hormone changes from pregnancy or birth control can weaken vein walls. As estrogen levels rise, blood levels increase, putting pressure on your veins and causing them to break.
- SUN EXPOSURE: Sun damage, especially those with fair skin, can inflame blood vessels, drawing them closer to the skin.
- BLOOD PRESSURE: An intense sneeze or vomiting can cause a change in blood pressure, which can break the capillaries.
- INACTIVITY: Occupations that require long periods of sitting or standing can put you at higher risk for developing spider veins.
- GENETICS: Family history of blood clots or varicose veins can put you at higher risk.
- FAIR SKIN: Very fair skin can make your veins more visible, causing your skin to look flushed and red.
- ALCOHOL: Drinking alcohol can cause the veins to fill with more blood, making spider veins visible.
- HIGH HEELS: Wearing high heels can minimizes the range of motion in your foot and ankle. As a result, your calf muscle can’t properly pump the blood back up through your veins.
PREVENTING SPIDER VEINS
Thankfully, there are many lifestyle changes young people can make to either prevent or treat the appearance of spider veins. Consider these tips and remedies for preventing spider veins in your 20s:
- Protect your skin from the sun by wearing sunscreen, hats, and sun glasses.
- Avoid extreme heat from hot showers, saunas, or beaches
- Get regular physical activity to get your blood circulating
- Maintain a healthy weight
TREATING SPIDER VEINS
So, what else can be done? There are a few treatments to consider, depending on the severity of your spider veins and how much they bother you. It’s a good idea to get your veins checked out by a certified vein specialist to determine what’s best for you.
Here are some options to consider:
- SCLEROTHERAPY: This is the most common and effective medical procedure for treating spider veins. A chemical is injected into your veins that blocks blood flow. It may take more than one round of treatment to address a vein.
- LASER TREATMENT: The second most common spider vein reduction treatment involves applying strong surges of light to the affected area, causing the spider vein to fade away. The advantage to this procedure is that there are no incisions or needles involved. However, it may not be as effective as sclerotherapy. Redness, swelling, and skin discoloration are common side effects.
Spider Veins are purely a cosmetic concern, but many people still find their lives affected by them, especially when in your 20s. If they affect your quality of life, it’s still worth looking into treating them, especially since they will progress if you don’t make some lifestyle changes to address your symptoms.
At Delaware Advanced Vein Center, our medical staff has years of experience helping people with their spider and varicose veins. We would love to welcome you to our family of satisfied patients.