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Thursday, December 15, 2011

What Causes Spider Veins?


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

Heredity plays a big role in determining who is likely to develop these very small surface veins, which appear primarily on the legs. Many patients can recall their mothers or grandmothers having spider veins on their legs. The steady cycle of female hormones and hereditary predisposition seem to be big factors.

We are often asked if a standing occupation is a primary cause of spider veins, but honestly, we've seen no correlation. There are many store clerks, nurses, and restaurant servers, for example, whose legs are unmarked by spider veins, so it really does appear that genetics and hormones play a primary role.

Fortunately, we offer sclerotherapy, the gold standard for spider vein treatment. Note that the results are not visible immediately and multiple treatments are generally needed. We advise waiting a minimum of six to eight weeks before you assess the full effectiveness of sclerotherapy, though results are often apparent 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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