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Treatment and Prevention of Visible Veins

Veins may be something that everyone has, but that does not mean they want to display them to the world. A common cosmetic problem is an appearance of bulging or easily visible veins on the body or the face. The issue is sometimes genetic but is often avoidable with lifestyle changes. Luckily, the problem can be eliminated using a variety of safe and effective medical treatments.

Clusters of Veins

When spider veins occur they are usually on the face. Sun exposure, alcohol intake and skin conditions like rosacea can cause the clusters to appear. They often are seen on and around the nose or across the cheeks and their location can make them hard to hide. The veins may be red, blue or purple and may also be visible on the legs or feet. This is usually the result of pressure on the veins in the legs due to long hours spent standing. There may be some itching around the vein clusters, but they are often just a cosmetic concern.

Visible Bulging Veins

Larger bulging veins are known as varicose veins and they can appear anywhere on the body. The most common location for these veins to be a problem is on the legs. If the veins become too large it is possible for medical complications to arise. The legs may ache or throb due to the veins, and skin ulcers may develop. Some causes of the problem include sitting and standing too long, wearing high heels or tight shoes and excess weight.

Common Self Treatments

Early options for veins include exercise, compression stockings and diet and exercise changes. Many experts recommend that patients quit the smoking habit and avoid the consumption of alcohol. These options can help to prevent the appearance of new varicose veins and prevent current problems from worsening, but cannot make bulging veins disappear.

Available Medical Solutions


Many methods exist to remove visible veins. Laser therapy is available as both non-invasive and minimally mildly invasive procedures. Radiofrequency ablation using radiofrequency energy to destroy the veins. Sclerotherapy involves injections of chemicals into each vein that causes it to collapse. Vein stripping and ligation are still available, but the least invasive vein treatments are recommended first.

Destruction or removal of the vein is the only way to make it no longer visible. It is not dangerous to the circulatory system because the blood immediately diverts to one of the many other veins in the body. Recovery for veins in the leg includes rest and wearing compression garments for a couple of weeks. Treatment for the veins on the face causes some temporary skin darkening and blisters or dry skin may occur in a small number of patients. Prevention of future problems requires people to follow the previously mentioned lifestyle changes.

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