Why Are Women Prone to Spider Veins?

If you suffer from spider veins, you are certainly not alone. In fact, it is estimated that 80% of all women by the age of 60 will have spider veins, according to a recent study in AHA journals. While this venous condition can occur in both genders, it is more prevalent in women. Unfortunately, due to a female’s thinner skin and shaved legs, spider veins can be a significant cosmetic concern for women. This is undoubtedly a top reason why many females seek spider vein treatment at our office.

Spider veins, also known as spider telangiectasias appear as small, red, blue, or purple dilated veins. While they can be present anywhere on the body, they are often seen on the surface of the upper legs or outer thighs. Most women pursue treatment due for cosmetic reasons, however some experience symptoms such as burning, pain, itching, swelling and skin discoloration due to their spider veins.

Spider veins are considered a venous disorder. Venous disorders occur when there is a reduced function in the leg veins. If the valves inside the vein walls weaken, the blood that is normally pumped back towards the heart will start to flow backward and pool in the legs and/or feet. While the most prominent cause of spider veins is heredity, a woman’s hormones can impact the vein walls and contribute to venous disorders as well. This can explain why women are more prone to spider veins than men and why pregnancy often triggers their appearance.

Other causes of spider veins includes factors that you may be able to control, such as:

  • Being overweight
  • Sitting or standing still for long periods of time
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • High-heeled footwear and tight, restrictive clothing

It is not uncommon to notice spider veins starting in your 20’s, and they typically increase with age. The good news is that we have board certified professionals who can effectively and comfortably treat your spider veins at any age. Olansky Dermatology offers some of the most proven methods for spider vein removal, including laser therapy or injection sclerotherapy. Call today to schedule your appointment.

Posted on behalf of Olansky Dermatology & Aesthetics