Varicose veins are twisted and enlarged veins that you can see just under the skin. They appear as blue or dark purple and commonly appear in the legs and feet. This type of venous insufficiency, or vein disease, can be caused by a number of factors.
Varicose veins can simply be an inherited trait. If your parents or grandparents had varicose veins, it is likely that you are at a greater risk of developing them.
Because excess weight can place additional stress on your circulation system, it is not surprising that obesity can also contribute to vein problems.
When a woman becomes pregnant, there is an increase in both blood volume and hormone levels. This combination can put pressure on vein walls, thus affecting circulation. Subsequent pregnancies can lead to the worsening of existing varicose veins.
If you are on your feet for the majority of the day – typically due to your occupation – this can increase the pressure on your vein walls, resulting in swelling and increased blood volume in your lower limbs.
Varicose veins can be treated with a non-invasive procedure. To learn how our medical spa can help you address varicose veins in Catonsville, MD, contact us today at (410) 747-6667.