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Varicose and Spider Veins

What are Varicose and Spider Veins?

  • Varicose and Spider Veins are damaged veins.  Usually located on the legs and ankles, they are enlarged, twisted, and swollen. When the valves in your veins become weak, blood can pool in your legs, causing pressure and red, blue, or purple lines throughout your legs.

What causes bad veins?

Conditions that cause vein disease:

  • Pregnancy
  • Being overweight
  • Standing throughout much of the day
  • Getting older
  • Genetics and family history

What do varicosities look like?

  • Varicose veins are very common—in fact, as many as 60 percent of people have them once they reach a certain age. Spider veins, usually a precursor to varicose veins, are thin red and blue lines that can show up anywhere. Varicose veins are usually darker, purple-blue lines found on the legs.

Varicose and Spider Veins Varicose Vein and Spider Vein Treatment

Will my spider veins ever go away?

  • While you may be able to hide your veins at first with pants or a tan, eventually it will be hard to hide spider veins or get rid of varicose veins. Once you have reflux and your valves are damaged, they can’t be repaired.
  • Sometimes, people who suffer from spider veins will try an ineffective treatment called sclerotherapy to treat their varicose veins. Unfortunately, it just makes your veins less visible, and they can also come back again. It’s important to address the real problem, which is that pooling blood in your veins is creating pressure in your legs. A serious medical condition arises if you don’t treat the veins.

Varicose and Spider Veins vein treatment, Cranberry Twp

Can You Prevent Spider Veins?

In particular, if varicose veins and spider veins frequently run in your family or occur during pregnancy, you might not be able to prevent them. Varicose veins and spider veins can also be caused by other aspects of your life that you have no control over, such as becoming older.

Exercise and weight loss are two actions you may take at home to improve your health and possibly stop the development of new varicose or spider veins. By reducing pain and discomfort, these actions may also make your legs feel better.

What is the role of genetics in the development of spider and varicose veins?

Genetics plays a significant role in the development of both spider and varicose veins. Here’s how genetics can influence the development of spider and varicose veins:

  1. Inherited Weakness in Vein Walls: Genetic factors can contribute to a structural weakness in the walls of the veins. This weakness may make the veins more prone to dilation and the formation of spider veins and varicose veins.
  2. Valve Dysfunction: Veins have one-way valves that help blood flow upward toward the heart. Genetic factors can lead to abnormalities in these valves, causing them to weaken or malfunction. This dysfunction allows blood to pool in the veins, leading to varicose veins.

How do age and aging affect the likelihood of developing these vein conditions?

Age is a significant factor that influences the likelihood of developing spider and varicose veins. As individuals age, various physiological changes occur in the veins, making them more susceptible to these conditions. Here’s how age and aging affect the likelihood of developing spider and varicose veins:

  1. Loss of Vein Elasticity: With age, the walls of the veins can lose their natural elasticity. This loss of elasticity can contribute to the veins becoming enlarged or dilated, leading to the formation of spider veins and varicose veins.
  2. Weakening of Valves: Aging can impact the valves within the veins, which are essential for maintaining proper blood flow. Over time, these valves may weaken, allowing blood to pool and exert increased pressure on the vein walls.
  3. Reduced Muscle Mass: The muscles around the veins play a role in assisting blood circulation. With aging, there is often a decrease in muscle mass and tone, which may contribute to compromised blood flow and the development of vein issues.

The Most Advanced Vein Clinic, Pittsburgh

Our Vein Clinic’s Advanced Vein Center has the answer. It’s a simple procedure, covered by health insurance, and it’s safe and as easy as 1, 2, 3!


First, a registered vascular ultrasound technician will map out a detailed “venous flow map.” This will show you how your blood is flowing through your damaged veins. We will send the map to your health insurance company to show the medical necessity of varicose vein treatment. After we confirm your map with a radiologist, the physician who is treating your veins will develop a personalized treatment plan. At the Advanced Vein Center, Board-Certified doctors like Dr. Mauricio Giraldo, who is eminently qualified and has taught transplant surgery at Harvard, completes that. He is also certified by The American Board of Aesthetic Medicine.


Now we can close your bad veins, giving you relief from pain and pressure. At the Advanced Vein Center, we use radio frequency vein ablation, a cutting-edge medical procedure that is safer and less invasive than the older laser vein procedures. The recovery from this new technique is usually much quicker and causes much less bruising and discomfort.


Now, it’s time to zap away your spider veins! It’s just a simple half-hour office procedure. In 1/20th of a second, a vein that you have been trying to cover up for years disappears before your eyes. You’ll be back to your normal routine almost immediately, and it will amaze you at how great they look!

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