Spider veins are caused by hormonal changes brought on by menopause, pregnancy, obesity, or weight gain. These tiny vessels appear red, purple, or blue and can crop up anywhere on the body. Most individuals with spider veins get them on the backs of their legs. Heredity, extended standing or sitting, or the use of certain medications can cause spider veins to form. Here’s how you can reduce their appearance and prevent them from developing.

When spider veins are brought on by pregnancy they generally disappear all on their own within three months after the baby is born. Have patience and wait for your body to bounce back.

Head to the drugstore and buy a basic makeup concealer. Concealer is a quick and inexpensive solution to cover up and hide the appearance of spider veins.

Ask your dermatologist about sclerotherapy. It can easily get rid of spider veins for a cost of $150 to $600 per treatment. Here’s how it works: Saline is injected into the veins making them clot and disappear over time. Most people require about six treatments before they see results.

Try laser therapy. For about $300 per treatment, a doctor will use strong bursts of light to fade the spider veins. This procedure is pain-free and works very well.

Overweight women are more likely to develop spider veins. Prevent them by exercising regularly for 30 minutes each day and consuming a healthy diet rich in fruits and veggies.

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Mayo Clinic