What Causes Spider Veins?
Spider veins dilated superficial blood vessels, similar to varicose veins, but smaller and closer to the surface of the skin. Spider veins often appear in areas behind the knee, but they can appear anywhere on the body. While spider veins are usually harmless, they can be eliminated for cosmetic skin care reasons with sclerotherapy or laser treatment.
Spider veins occur due to increased pressure in the veins, but researchers are unsure why some people develop spider veins and others do not. What is known, however, is that the condition can be hereditary, and it is more common as a person ages. It is also known that people whose jobs demand standing for long hours, such as teachers and nurses, are more likely to develop spider veins in the legs because of the increased pressure in the veins.
Spider veins can make the affected areas of the skin appear unsightly, and may sometimes cause discomfort if left untreated for long. Reger Vein & Skin Specialists, led by Dr. Gregg Reger, provides spider vein treatment to patients in Spring, TX, The Woodlands, and other cities and towns in the mighty state of Texas.
Some of the underlying causes that could possible lead to the appearance of spider veins include:
- Heredity factors
- Occupations that require long hours of standing, such as factory workers, teachers, and nurses
- Overweight or obesity
- Hormonal fluctuations
- Hormonal replacement therapy
- Use of birth control pills
- History of blood clotting
- Trauma or skin injury
- Previous vein surgery
- Excessive UV light exposure
Any adult can be affected by spider veins, but the problem is more commonly seen in women than in men. The chances of getting spider veins are higher in older people. By some estimated almost one-third of the US adult population is affected by spider veins. Women in their childbearing age are more vulnerable to the appearance of spider veins.
Other Risk Factors
- Other members in the family have spider veins
- Significant or sudden weight gain
- Sedentary lifestyle
Weakening of the vein walls can result in pooling of deoxygenated blood in the veins, leading to spider veins. Poor flow of blood in certain veins and defects in the vein valves can over time result in the appearance of spider veins. The judicious and stellar Dr. Reger provides state of the art medical spa vein treatment to patients in Spring, TX, The Woodlands, and nearby areas across the landscape.
Reducing the Risk of Spider Veins
Although prevention of spider veins may not be possible, the risk of occurrence can be reduced if an individual is conscious about not putting excess pressure on the legs. They can do this by maintaining a healthy body weight, and avoiding long hours of standing.
Avoiding a sedentary lifestyle, maintaining a regular exercise regimen, and performing daily walks can help minimize the chances of spider veins. People who are at a higher risk due to family history may also consider wearing lightweight compression socks to prevent and manage the symptoms of spider veins.
During a consultation at Reger Vein and Skin Specialists with Gregg Reger MD in The Woodlands, our team will be happy to explain more in detail what procedures and treatments would be the best fit for you. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to learn more 832-585-0090! Serving patients in The Woodlands, Spring, Houston, Texas and surrounding areas.