Spider veins are similar to varicose veins. They are dilated superficial blood vessels that are smaller and closer to the skin surface. Spider veins are usually seen behind the knees. However, they are not limited to the knees. Spider veins are generally painless and harmless. However, they do appear unsightly. Laser or sclerotherapy treatment can be used for eliminating these veins for cosmetic skin care reasons.
Spider veins happen because of increased pressure within the veins. However, researchers are not sure why spider veins develop in some people and not in others. It is known that the condition can be hereditary and becomes more likely as a person gets older. It is also believed that teachers, nurses, and other similarly demanding jobs where a person is required to stand long hours are more at risk of developing spider veins.
Spider veins can make affected areas look unsightly. If left untreated, the veins may cause discomfort as well. Motykie Med Spa, led by board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie, provides spider vein removal treatments with Asclera injections or laser therapy to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding communities.
Probable Causes of Spider Veins
These are a few underlying causes that may result in the formation of spider veins:
- Hereditary factors
- Occupations which require a person to stand for long hours, such as nurses, teachers, and factory workers
- Hormonal fluctuations
- Obesity or overweight
- Hormonal replacement therapy
- History of blood clotting
- Use of birth control pills
- Previous vein surgery
- Skin injury or trauma
- UV light exposure
Spider veins can affect any adult. However, the problem is seen more in women as compared to men. It is highly likely in older people as well. A third of the US population by estimation is affected by spider veins. Women in childbearing age are more susceptible to the appearing of spider veins.
Other risk factors include:
- Sudden or significant weight gain
- Other family members having spider veins
- Sedentary lifestyle
Vein walls can weaken and result in the congestion of deoxygenated blood within the veins. This can lead to spider veins. Poor blood flow in certain veins and vein valve defects can also result in the appearance of these veins.
How to Reduce the Risk of Spider Veins
Preventing spider veins is not possible. However, you can reduce the risk of occurrence by consciously not putting excess pressure on your legs. This can be done by avoiding long hours of standing and maintaining a healthy body weight.
Maintaining regular exercise regimen, avoiding sedentary lifestyle, and performing daily walks helps in minimizing the risk of spider veins. People at a high risk because of family history may consider wearing compression socks for managing and preventing the symptoms of spider veins.
There are multiple specific leg exercises which help in improving blood flow to the legs. These exercises help in strengthening the muscles and veins as well, which further reduces the risk of spider veins. Motykie Med Spa receives patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and nearby areas for safe and proven Asclera injection or laser based spider vein removal treatments.
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