Is it a good idea to cover leg varicose and spider veins with tattoos?
For one thing, tattoos just cover the unsightly veins, rather than fixing the problem. It’s literally a cover-up.
Second, the result is not always pleasing, and may worsen over time, especially if the vein itself is pierced.
Third, and most important, you need to be sure your spider and varicose veins are simply a cosmetic problem. The appearance of spider and varicose veins is your body’s way of indicating that blood is not flowing completely from your legs back to your heart. The pooling of blood, a result of vein valves improperly functioning and weakened vein walls, may be a sign of greater issues in the legs and/or pelvis that require treatment. And there’s no way to know for sure without a diagnostic ultrasound. (Many people think their leg issues are cosmetic but after the ultrasound, they learn that treatment is medically necessary, and therefore covered by insurance. We recommend, in all cases, that varicose veins be checked out.)
Fourth, if you do need medical treatment — either now or in the future — tattoos can make future medical treatment more difficult because your provider needs to see the veins to treat them.
So if you want tattoos, we recommend treating the spider and varicose veins first. Fortunately, it’s easy as there are vein several treatments available.
In short, a few spider veins may not be of concern, but it would be better to fix the problem (or cover them up with makeup made for the purpose) rather than to cover it. Especially with varicose veins, we recommend getting them checked out. Besides, your legs will likely feel better.
RIA Endovascular offers a complimentary cosmetic vein screening. Call us at 720.483.3406 or go here to learn more.