Aging sometimes causes the valves in our veins to weaken and not work as efficiently, allowing blood to pool in the legs. Genetics, medical history, hormonal changes, pregnancy, being overweight, prolonged periods of standing or sitting can all 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.
Types of Abnormal Leg Veins
There are two types of abnormal leg veins: spider and varicose veins. Both of these are quite common, with over 50% of women and 40% of men experiencing some type of venous issue.
Unfortunately abnormal leg veins do not fade or disappear on their own. In fact they usually worsen. So if you’re uncomfortable wearing clothes that expose your legs, it may be time to consider a leg vein treatment.
Lougheed Laser utilizes two different treatments for spider veins on the legs: laser vein removal and sclerotherapy. The latter leg vein treatment tends to be more common because it has the ability to penetrate more deeply. Sometimes, however, combination therapy will be recommended to help you reach your goals.
Due to the more complex nature of varicose veins, we only treat smaller ‘pre-varicose veins’ and not the larger bulging ones. If you are suffering from varicose veins, we’d be happy to refer you to a vein specialist.
Leg veins should be treated by a trained medical specialist. Trust your visible vein issues to our physicians and nurse at Lougheed Laser by contacting us for a consultation.