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Monday, August 8, 2011

What Causes Spider Veins on the Legs?


The precise cause of spider veins on the legs is sometimes uncertain, but we do know that spider vein treatment, when done correctly, is highly effective.

Heredity seems to play a big role in determining who is likely to develop these very small surface veins that appear primarily on the legs. Many patients can recall either a mother or grandmother who had spider veins up and down their legs. The steady cycle of the female hormones, combined with a hereditary predisposition, seem to be big factors.

I am often asked if a standing occupation is a primary cause of spider veins, and honestly I see no correlation. There are many store clerks, nurses, and assembly line workers who have legs unmarked with spider veins, so it really is the genetics that play the primary role.  Of course, other factors such as a minor trauma to the leg can precipitate these cosmetic veins to appear, even at a young age.

Fortunately, sclerotherapy is the ideal therapeutic choice. Quick, easy and effective treatment with little discomfort should be the norm. We advise waiting a good six to eight weeks before you assess the effectiveness of the sclerotherapy, though often results are apparent much sooner.

We welcome comments or questions about sclerotherapy or varicose veins. If you would like specific answers to your questions, please request a free cosmetic consultation at any of our offices located in Frederick, MD; Bethesda, MD; Leesburg, VA or Charles Town, WV.

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