Do spider veins go away with weight loss?

January 23, 2019 • plymouth • spider veins

The Kimmel Institute Answers Can Spider Veins Go Away With Weight Loss?

Spider veins are those narrow, reddish or bluish veins that have a spider web pattern. They can appear on the surface of the skin of the legs or other parts of the body. A number of factors can cause spider veins, including obesity. Some of our patients wonder if losing weight will eliminate the unsightly veins. At The Kimmel Institute in Boca Raton, FL, we offer a number of treatments to eliminate unsightly spider veins and varicose veins.

Understanding Spider Veins

Spider veins occur when the values inside the veins are weakened, which leads to a backing up of blood in the vein, enlargement, and discoloration on the surface of the skin. These enlarged veins are not a serious medical problem, but they may cause concern about their appearance. Although overweight or obesity can contribute to the development of vein problems, other factors, such as hormone changes, aging, and heredity, also play a part. Prolonged standing or injury to the legs can also cause spider veins to appear.

Obesity and Problem Veins

Many individuals find that putting on excess pounds is easy to do. Especially as you age, a time when you may become less active, you may find your weight creeping upward. But excess weight puts additional stress on all your body systems, including your veins. Individuals often develop fine patterns of spider veins on their legs, or you may begin to see bulging varicose veins on the lower extremities. Losing those extra pounds can improve your overall health significantly. However, weight loss will not eliminate vein problems that have already developed. Fortunately, your Boca Raton vein specialist can help with a vein treatment that will improve your appearance and help you to feel more confident.

Will Losing Weight Help Eliminate Spider Veins?

Because extra weight increases pressure in the blood vessels, vein problems are common. Losing weight can help to improve comfort and prevent the development of further vein problems, but it will not eliminate the vein enlargement that has already occurred.

Actions You Can Take To Prevent Spider & Varicose Veins

To prevent vein problems, experts recommend regular exercise to promote good circulation. Avoid wearing high heels. Whenever possible, avoid a long period of standing or sitting. Take opportunities to elevate your legs when sitting to relieve pressure on leg veins. If you’re overweight, talk to your doctor about an effective weight management program that’s right for you.

Make The Kimmel Institute Your Choice For Vein Treatment

Dr. Richard Kimmel uses his extensive training in vascular medicine to help patients in Boca Raton achieve relief from problem veins. We offer a range of procedures to provide individualized care for your unique needs. Call The Kimmel Institute today at 561-948-5560 for an appointment to discuss your problem veins and to learn about current vein treatments that can help.

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