Remove Those Spider Veins


Spider veins, or telangiectasias, are small dilated blood vessels near the surface of the skin. They mainly form on the legs and face, and 80% of sufferers are women. They usually start to develop between the ages of 18 and 35 and the main cause is the lack of exercises, usually those who work on a chair and does not move long periods : 30 min to few hours are the most affected.

There are several causes of acquiring spider veins:

* Linked to heredity
* Facial spider veins are sometimes caused by “rosacea” which is associated with light skin
* Obesity
* Pregnancy hormonal fluctuations and birth control pills
* Sedentary lifestyle
* A job that involves a lot of standing
* High heeled shoes

Spider veins vary in shapes: the classic spider web shape while other spider veins can be jagged lines or branches. They can be either red or purple. In some cases they form into patches or birthmarks. They are not the same as varicose veins, which are larger and darker, and need different treatment.

If you are bothered by unsightly veins on your face or legs, spider vein removal can be a marvelous treatment to help you look younger and feel healthier. Spider veins are treated in 3 main ways:

1. Medication

There have been creams and other forms of medication available for many years, but they are not very effective. The best creams simply hide the veins.

2. Laser therapy

Laser treatment uses a light beam to heat up the veins to the point where they will coagulate and be absorbed back into the body. The treatment just causes a stinging sensation and possibly some temporary redness.

The veins are likely to be more visible for a short time after the treatment. They will then fade over the next few weeks. On average, three treatments are required at three month intervals.

Laser treatment is best for face spider vein removal and for small to medium sized leg spider veins.

3. Sclerotherapy

This is a recommended treatment for medium to large leg telangiectasias and involves an injection of a liquid into the veins that causes them to contract and collapse. It is relatively painless although can take up to an hour if you have a lot of veins to be treated. After the treatment you will need to avoid hot baths, alcohol and exercise for a few days.

After the first sclerotherapy session you should notice a significant improvement in the veins (around 50% removal). With several sessions it may be possible to treat all of the veins, although there may be a few that do not respond.

Spider vein removal is one of many things that we can do to help our bodies look and feel better, contributing to our general feeling of wellbeing. Spider veins are completely harmless and this is primarily a cosmetic treatment. Still, for some people whose faces or legs are affected, treatment can bring new confidence and help with depression and relationship problems.

If you spend your days sitting behind an office desk and in front of the television, your body is in danger of too much sitting.  According to a study, you can increase your risk of having health problems when you sit around too much.  Although it is very important to give your body a rest by sleeping, being inactive while awake can be harmful to your weight, blood circulation and heart health.

An increase in pounds will surely happen due to long hours of inactivity.  You will not burn off the calories you get from what you’ve eaten.  The study done by the Pennington Biomedical Research Center studied over 17,000 Canadians concluded that people who sat the most are more likely to die earlier.  Sitting for more than 4 hours can lead to the production of lipase, an enzyme secreted by the pancreas that breaks down the fat molecules in the body.

To keep yourself from sitting too much, take short walks with your friends and colleagues.  Take the stairs instead of using the elevator.  Stand during your break, place items out of your reach so you’ll have to stand to get them or take the dog for a walk.

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