Summer is just around the corner which means increased sun exposure is also near! Warnings about the negative effect of too much sun will inevitably pop up all over the internet but, a little sun never hurt anyone, right? Wrong! Many people use the summer sun to get tan and cover up scars, stretch marks, or spider veins but, does that really help? No! Before spending time in the sun this summer, you may want to know more about the negative effects it can have on the amount and appearance of spider veins.

What are spider veins?

Varicose veins are large, visible, raised swollen blood vessels that twist and turn and normally appear in the legs.

Spider veins are smaller, red, purple, and blue vessels that twist and turn. They can be easily seen through the skin and typically present on the legs and face.

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What causes spider veins?

Numerous causes affect the appearance of spider veins. They include heredity, obesity, hormonal influence (pregnancy, puberty, menopause), using birth control pills, a history of blood clots, and conditions that cause increased pressure in the abdomen.

How does the sun exposure affect the appearance of spider veins?

The sun exposure plays a role in the development and appearance of spider veins. Ironically, some individuals welcome sun exposure, hoping a nice tan will cover up the veins. Sun exposure may, however, increase the appearance of spider veins specifically around your nose, cheeks, and upper chest.

It’s not just the sun that brings about spider veins. Heat plays a role, too, especially for those with vein disease, a progressive medical condition caused by venous reflux. When elevated temperatures arrive, the body seeks to cool itself. One way it accomplishes this is by dilating and bringing superficial veins (spider veins, for example) to the surface!

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What to do about spider veins?

At The New Jersey Vein and Vascular Center we will help you achieve better vein health for a more confident you. See how we can relieve symptoms, prevent complications and improve the appearance of your veins with our minimally invasive techniques for spider vein treatment in NJ. Don’t let another summer pass you by; call today to find out how we can get you feeling comfortable showing off your legs now!

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