As a person ages, the valves in their veins may become weak and not work quite as well as they used to, allowing blood to pool in the legs. Genetics, health history, hormonal changes, pregnancy, being overweight, prolonged periods of standing and a lack of movement all can lead to the development of visible leg veins.
Leg veins form primarily because of gravity. Add in the pressure of your body weight and the task of carrying blood from your feet to your heart, and you have the perfect formula for the creation of unsightly leg veins.
There are two types of abnormal leg veins: spider and varicose veins. Both types are quite common, with over 50% of women and 40% of men experiencing some type of leg vein issue.
Unfortunately abnormal leg veins do not fade or disappear on their own – usually they only get worse. So if you find that you are embarrassed to wear any clothes that expose your legs, it just might be time to consider a treatment for leg veins.
There are two treatments for spider leg veins we offer at Guelph Laser: Laser Vein Removal and Sclerotherapy. Once you’ve had either treatment performed, we also offer Compression Stockings to keep the treated veins at bay and help prevent new veins from forming. Due to the more complex nature of varicose veins, we only treat smaller ‘pre-varicose veins’ and not the larger bulging ones. However, we would be happy to refer you to a vein specialist who can help.
Leg veins should only be treated by a trained medical specialist. Contact us today to set up your complimentary leg vein consultation and get ready to start wearing shorts again!