Some women begin to notice unsightly blue veins appearing on their breasts at some point in their lives, this condition is unfortunately not considered aesthetically appealing, prompting patients struggling with this problem to schedule a consultation with an experienced physician in order to remedy it.
The good news is that the appearance of breast veins is generally not a dangerous medical condition; these visible blue lines may look unsightly, but they are completely harmless.
However, and in rare cases, these veins can indicate cirrhosis of the liver, an enlarged abdomen and an accumulation of fluid in the belly.
Luckily, it is possible to get rid of or at the very least conceal the veins that become apparent through some women’s breasts.
In this article, we will talk about everything you need to know about breast veins: the causes and available treatments.
What causes unwanted veins on breasts?
There is a wide variety of factors that can cause blue breast veins to gradually appear, the two main causes are age and hormonal changes in the body, but there are many others:
Regular and vigorous activity can cause veins to appear throughout the body. In women, it appears prominently in the breast area.
Exercise increases blood flow throughout the body, which can cause veins to bulge outward, you most often see this in the arms and legs of bodybuilders.
If your mother and grandmother had visible veins, chances are you will too, genetics can play a huge role in determining how, when and where blue veins appear.
Most often, it is a combination of age and genetics that leads to the appearance of blue veins.
Women who are currently or have recently been pregnant often experience blue veins as their breasts enlarge in preparation for breastfeeding.
It is advisable to postpone any corrective surgery until after the baby is born.
Large breast implants.
Some women receive extremely large breast implants, which stretch the chest cavity and pockets in an unnatural way, which can cause veins to appear.
How to treat breast veins?
There are many options to choose from when trying to eliminate or reduce the appearance of spider veins.
The option chosen by the surgeon will depend on the severity of the condition; other factors may include your personal therapy preference, availability, medical history, and budget.
The two main therapies are laser treatments and sclerotherapy; some doctors have had success using fat to mask the appearance of veins, although the degree of success is based on the size of the area of the veins.
If the veins are below a certain size, a cosmetic doctor may use lasers to shrink the vessels; the veins will then fade and become permanently reduced.
If the veins exceed a certain size, laser therapy probably won’t help, several appointments may be necessary before obtaining satisfactory results.
A needle containing a solution is injected into the vein, after a while; the vein will collapse and be absorbed by the body. Depending on the severity of the veins, one or more sessions may be necessary.
There is no recovery time and this technique is considered safe, quick and effective.
Fat and dermal filler injection.
Some practitioners may use your body fat to attempt to hide the veins, they will add fat or filler around the affected areas to hide the blue lines in the breast area.
Ask your doctor if this is something they would recommend based on your specific case.
As you can see, there are countless other “remedies” such as applying fake tan to the breasts or adding a daily vitamin K moisturizer, although these can work in a limited scope, it will be an ongoing maintenance battle to keep the veins hidden.
In some cases, a well-supported bra can help reduce the appearance of blue veins, breasts that are not supported have increased blood flow due to gravitational pull.
If the breasts are supported by a bra, blood flow will be regulated and some unsightly breast veins may disappear on their own.