Our veins have a series of tiny valves throughout our bodies that keep our blood moving in the proper direction. These valves can occasionally stop functioning correctly, either from injury or genetic factors. Along with the effects of gravity, this can cause the blood to pool or get trapped in smaller veins and blood vessels, especially in our legs.
When this occurs, spider veins and varicose veins can develop. This initially appears as bluish or violet veins that appear below the skin’s surface but can develop into varicose veins that push against the skin and, in severe cases, cause discomfort in your legs.
In most cases, spider and varicose veins do not pose a health concern on their own. For most people, they are a cosmetic concern. Except in severe cases of varicose veins, they are painless or come with minimal discomfort.
Using radiofrequency ablation, sclerotherapy, or laser energy, doctors and aestheticians can reduce the appearance of most spider and varicose veins. These minimally or non-invasive treatments can be completed in less than an hour with no recovery or downtime.
Although spider and varicose veins are usually not a health concern, in some cases, they may indicate other vein or cardiovascular issues. A varicosed vein that is warm or red to the touch, can be a prime indicator of a blood clot and needs to be addressed as soon as possible.
They can also indicate a sedentary lifestyle and excess weight or obesity. In these cases, your heart and the valves in your veins must work harder to keep the blood flowing correctly. Since the valves in your veins are so delicate, they can become overstressed and fail.
If you have spider veins or varicose veins, don’t wait to see a vein expert to make sure they are not an indicator of a more serious health condition. The experts at LA Vein Center in Sherman Oaks, CA, can accurately rule out other health issues and treat spider and varicose veins. Call the office at 818-325-0400 or visit www.laveincenter.com to schedule a consultation.