Spider veins on the legs are very common, especially among middle-aged to older women. These veins can make women reluctant to wear shorts, bathing suits, or dresses. In addition, they can even lead to unpleasant symptoms like itching over the veins. At AdvancedClinics, we offer leg vein treatment for spider veins.
What are Spider Veins?
Normally, the heart pumps blood out of the chest and around the body, and in order for the blood sent down into the legs to return to the heart, the calf muscle acts as a secondary pump to assist the heart, and one-way valves in the leg veins keep the blood moving steadily upwards. In some people, the one-way valves in the veins fail, allowing the blood to pool in the veins in the legs, causing them to become deformed.
Lifestyle factors that prevent the calf muscle pump from working, such as routinely wearing high heels, standing motionless for long periods of time at work, or sitting all day at work, are also implicated in the formation of spider veins. Hormones are also involved; pregnancy is notorious for inducing the formation of these veins, and women are much more likely than men to develop them. The condition also seems to run in families, suggesting a strong genetic link.
What are the Benefits of Treatment?
Spider veins don’t typically cause any health problems, but they can be very cosmetically displeasing, and their presence can adversely affect the quality of life of individuals. Spider veins can usually be treated with simple non-surgical methods.
The most appropriate leg vein treatment for you depends on the size and location of the spider veins, and which one is best for you needs to be discussed with a qualified professional. There are many options available today, and no one needs to suffer from unattractive or uncomfortable spider veins anymore.