You’ve probably heard of varicose veins and spider veins, but do you know what causes them?

Varicose veins are typically raised from the surface of the skin because they are filled with a larger-than-normal amount of blood. We typically see varicose veins in the legs, especially around the back of the knees, but they can occur elsewhere on the body. They appear when valves in the vein don’t function properly and allow blood to remain in the vein, rather than flow through. The valve malfunction can be attributed to genetics, pregnancy or blood clots.

Spider veins are smaller, thinner and closer to the surface of the skin. They can appear anywhere on the body, including the nose, forehead, cheeks and legs. They’re also caused by the backup of blood into the vein, as well as certain injuries and exposure to the sun.

Both conditions can be caused by standing for long periods of time and increased abdominal pressure, so initial treatments often include not spending so much time on your feet, raising your legs above your head when resting, and wearing support stockings.

For moderate to severe cases, we may recommend sclerotherapy, laser abalation or radio frequency ablation. If your condition is severe and / or painful, we may recommend a surgical treatment called vein stripping.

Call us today at (614) 898-7546 for a complimentary evaluation and treatment consultation.