Spider Vein Solution Spider veins and varicose veins are caused by venous insufficiency, when the one-way valves that pump blood to the heart are weak or faulty. Excess blood can pool in the vein, enlarging it and creating twisted, swollen veins that appear close to the surface of the skin. The condition is most prevalent in the foot, ankle and legs. Hormones, genetics, age, pregnancy, obesity and sun exposure can all contribute to the development of spider veins. Approximately 50 percent of women over the age of 50 will develop them.
Tonya, 34, is so embarrassed by her spider veins that she refuses to leave her house unless her legs are covered. Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Alexander Rivkin performs Veinwave, a brand-new procedure that collapses the tiny veins. "Because it's so precise, you don't need any numbing cream," Dr. Rivkin says. "There's no pain."
Patients usually require one treatment and the results are permanent.
Does crossing your legs contribute to unsightly varicose and spider veins?
“Varicose veins are not related to crossing your legs,” plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon explains. “Heredity, pregnancy, carrying extra weight and standing on your feet [too long] can aggravate varicose veins.
“Spider veins, [however], may be related to crossing your legs,” Dr. Ordon says.
Dermatologist Dr. Sandra Lee demonstrates a new sclerotherapy treatment, in which a foaming polidocanol solution is injected through a very fine needle, directly into the vein. The results of the injection are immediate and permanent. “It’s the gold standard in which to treat leg veins,” Dr. Lee says.
• Asclera injection for spider veins
• Laser treatment for varicose veins
• Bulging varicose veins