Leg Veins

What causes leg veins?

Leg veins are very common. They can be caused by trauma, standing or walking for long periods of time, various medical conditions and genetics. A thorough examination by a trained dermatologist will be able to determine what caused the condition in each individual case.

Are leg veins serious?

It depends on the type of leg veins. In some cases, it is merely a cosmetic problem. In other cases, abnormal leg veins can cause serious leg swelling, ulceration and infection. A trained dermatologist can help you evaluate the significance of your leg veins.

What are the types of leg veins?

Spider veins are small red veins. They are usually flat and superficial but may be very slightly raised.

Reticular veins are slightly larger and deeper than spider veins. They are usually bluish, green.

Varicose veins are bigger than spider and reticular veins. They typically bulge out of the skin.

What are the treatment options for leg veins?

Spider veins and reticular veins can usually be treated in the office by a dermatologist. The treatment options include sclerotherapy and laser.

Varicose veins can sometimes be treated in the office by a dermatologist but typically requires referral to a vascular surgeon.

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