Varicose veins are raised and swollen vessels that twist and turn. Spider veins are a milder and smaller version of varicose veins. Both are easily visible through the skin and are usually seen on the legs, chest, or face.
What causes spider veins and varicose veins?
There are a variety of reasons someone may be predisposed to developing spider veins or varicose veins. First, a person may have a family history of spider veins and varicose veins. Occupations that require excessive standing or sitting, such as hair stylists, teachers, or factory workers, can increase your likelihood of developing these types of veins. Those who are obese, pregnant, going through puberty or menopause may also develop varicose or spider veins.
If you use birth control pills or postmenopausal hormonal replacement or have a history of blood clots, you may also be more likely to develop a vein condition. Constipation, an increase in abdomen pressure, or the development of tumors can also generate spider or varicose veins. It is estimated that 30%-60% of adults have varicose veins. They are more common in women than men and are more likely with age.
When should I see my doctor?
Self-care can go a long way in helping ease the pain of various vein conditions. Exercise, leg elevation, or wearing compression stockings can help ease pain and possibly stop the condition from worsening. If you are concerned about how your veins look, the pain they may cause, and additional treatment options available, contact Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery Center.
Does my insurance cover vein treatment?
Many insurance companies do cover deeper vein therapy treatment, but some do not provide coverage for superficial or spider veins. Be sure you speak with your insurance provider to determine what treatment options are covered under your plan.