Many people deal with spider veins as they get older, and they tend to appear most often on the legs. Though they are often confused for varicose veins, they are smaller and do not protrude above the skin. If you’re seeing them start to appear on your legs, here’s what you should know about the condition.
What Causes Them?
People who walk and stand a lot during the day are at a higher risk for spider veins, since blood pools in the legs. This puts people like construction workers, waiters, and nurses at a high risk. The hormonal changes during pregnancy, puberty, and menopause, as well as taking birth control pills, can also cause them to appear. Those who have a history of blood clots or a family history of spider veins are at an elevated risk.
How Common Are They?
The Bonn Vein Study, conducted by the German Society of Phlebology, studied venous disorders in about 3,000 people between 18 and 79 years old. The study found that only 9.6% of the population did not have any venous disorders. Of the remaining participants, 60% showed spider veins. The study also found that early treatment is vital in preventing serious issues as a result of untreated venous disorders, such as ulcers or skin changes.
Early treatment can help avoid leg pain and remove the appearance of spider veins. Dr. Ronald Lev at Advanced Varicose Vein Treatments of Manhattan is certified by The American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine and is one of the top-rated phlebology experts of New York. They accept nearly all insurance plans and ensure you will be personally treated by Dr. Lev. View their before and after gallery online to see what to expect, and contact the clinic at 888.356.VEIN (8346) to schedule a consultation for spider vein treatment.