Post # 1
I’m in my mid twenties and about two years ago i started getting spider veins behind my knee. Just recently my pregnant sister started getting these SCARY veins around her ankle and her doctor said it’s inherited.. So I started getting worried.. I checked my ankles yesterday because they were a itchy and YEP I have the same scary veins only you can’t really see them yet they’re prety faint (for now). =( I’m sure it doesn’t help that I’m not super fit for the time being but has anyone had any experience of slowing down the process of the veins? or getting them removed if possible.. what their experience and success with such procedures are?
Post # 3
I got a few very very small ones during pregnancy but they haven’t gotten any bigger/worse since then (5/6 years ago).
My mom swears by some witch hazel roller cream she has–she says it reduces their visibility and makes them less itchy, but I don’t know that from personal experience.
Post # 4
My mom had varicose veins due to pregnancy, and now that I’m pregnant I’m just waiting for them to come. She had them removed though.
Post # 5
When I waitressed (I was young, 18-19) I started getting a few very faint ones on the outside of my upper thigh. Standing all day regularly can cause them, along with genetic factors. They are hard to see for now, but I just kind of accept it’s a part of getting older.
You can get laser procedures to make them less visible, but they are temporary and will come back. Other than that not much you can do to my knowledge.
Post # 6
I have had spider veins since I was young…. having pale skin does not help either! I waitressed when I was younger as well and am constanting bumping my legs on something 🙂 My Mother used to go to an actual Vein Clinic and I went as well. Had schlerotherapy (sp?) done, where they inject a fluid in which essentially collapses the vein and I believe your body absorbs it. They are not functioning veins so this is not harmful. A little painful as it is a needle and it burns at the time, but it works very well and is relatively inexpensive (maybe $130 or so)
There are laser treatments available too, but they seem a bit pricey.
If you believe you have varicose and not just spider veins, I would go those removed as you don’t want the pain that can be associated with it.
Post # 7
- Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ
I’m pretty sure you can get them from sitting OR standing all day. I’ve had a desk job for quite awhile, and I just noticed them really starting to be noticeable this year. My mom also has them. There are hose you can wear (for standing) that supposedly help.
Post # 8
@bellagio: You’re probably right. I’ve also heard that crossing your legs at the knees while sitting can cause them too!
Post # 9
I’ve had them since I was about thirteen or fourteen. My mom has had them really bad since before I was born. It sucks, but I’ve just accepted that it’s going to happen.
Post # 10
I’ve had them for quite some time and they’re annoying. I’ve also heard that the treatments that Schmoobee mentioned work well and I’ll consider it if they worsen. For now, a tan hides them well enough that I don’t mind.
Post # 11
i saw a segment on “The Doctors” last week that massaging witch hazel into the affected area can help diminish their appearance. I have spider veins on the outside of my thighs and have been meaning to start giving this a try since I saw the segment.
Post # 12
I have a few itty bitty little spider veins that are hard to see, behind my knees. Sigh, I’ll probably have varicose veins someday…thank goodness there are treatment options! Varicose veins creep the hell out of me.
Post # 13
My mom has had them as long as I can remember and they are pretty large. A few years ago she started getting them removed and is a lot more confident about showing her legs now.
I don’t have any currently but given my mom’s condition I’m sure I will at some point.
Post # 14
I’ve had them since I was born. Some are inside a large birthmark, and some are just randomly there on my leg. I get the people who hate them when they are painful, but I’ve never understood people who hate them when they are the kind that are just there.
Post # 15
wow! thanks for all of the feedback everyone!!
my sister (pregnant) has them PRETTY bad right now.. she’s always had skin conditions but right now it looks like she has bruises aroudn them too as if she’s been beaten (thats how bad they looK) but i recently read up that if you have varicose veins that they heighten your chances of heart disease which is not cool cause we have a LONG histry or heart disease in the family. So I was wondering what options there were out there and what people have tired to remove them if it came to it that we needed to have this done in the future…
Thanks for all of your imput I will definitely do some research on the “Vein Clinic – with the needle injections” and that “witch hazel ” cream.
Post # 16
I have one instance of vericose veins behind my knee and spider veins all over my upper thighs, even down on my calves and even ON MY FACE! I’m only in my mid twenties, and I always thought it was because I’m overweight. But I know my mom has them really bad and I’m relieved (in a sense) to know that they are hereditary and not all my fault for being fat! I can hide the ones on my face with makeup, but I’ve always thought the only thing to do about the ones on my legs was to have surgery, which I can’t afford. I’m really relieved to know that witch hazel might work, and that other young ladies have this problem too. Thanks for posting this, it’s made me feel so much better I almost want to cry!