Do you avoid wearing shorts because you are embarrassed by your spider veins? You are not alone. Nearly 55% of women and 45% of men have these unsightly veins on their legs. Spider veins are a cluster of dilated skin capillaries that often develop close to the surface of the skin in a web-like presence.
What Causes Spider Veins?
While spider veins are certainly more prevalent in women, not all women suffer from this blood vessel condition. It may seem very unfair that your own legs are covered with twisted blue veins on your calves and thighs while your best friend doesn’t have a single visible capillary. In many cases, the development of these unattractive veins is caused by a combination of factors, some of which you can control and others that you cannot.
Weak or Damaged Valves
The veins in our body have valves that help prevent blood from flowing backward. If these valves become weak or damaged, blood can pool in the veins, leading to the formation of spider veins.
Any condition that puts pressure on the veins, such as obesity, pregnancy, or prolonged standing or sitting, can increase the risk of developing spider veins.
Hormonal changes, such as those that occur during puberty, pregnancy, or menopause, can contribute to the development of spider veins.
Spider veins tend to run in families, suggesting that genetics may play a role in their development.
Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun can weaken the skin and blood vessels, increasing the risk of spider veins.
Regardless of what has caused your spider veins, Avance Plastic Surgery can help you get rid of them. Sclerotherapy is an effective and trusted treatment to reduce or eliminate your unsightly leg veins.
What is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy involves a simple, in-office procedure that requires no anesthesia. Though multiple sessions may be needed to achieve optimal results, sclerotherapy is a highly successful treatment option for eliminating spider veins. During this procedure, we will use tiny needles to inject a liquid solution directly into the affected veins. This special medical-grade agent causes the vessel to collapse and eventually shrink and fade away. Don’t worry; closing off one vessel will not harm or compromise your overall circulation.
If you are ready to wear shorts again without feeling self-conscious about your spider veins, please call our Reno clinic today to schedule your consult for sclerotherapy. We have everything you need to be confident in your skin.