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Why Do My Legs Have Visible Veins? Is This a Health Issue?

Visible leg veins are often varicose veins, and that is definitely a health issue that may require vein treatments. Luckily, varicose veins are generally easy to treat at your local vein clinic. At the same time, your vein doctor can also quickly and painlessly evaluate the condition of your vascular system. This expert evaluation, which may include a vascular ultrasound exam, helps our vein specialist learn whether your varicose veins are signs of a more serious vein disease. With this prompt, convenient and expert care, you can help ensure your vascular health for life. 

What Causes Visible Veins?

Spider and varicose veins are caused by a variety of factors including:


  • Heredity
  • Excess weight
  • Sitting or standing for long periods
  • Tight clothing or shoes
  • Pregnancy and hormonal changes
  • Malfunctioning valves within veins (allowing blood to "back up" and create swollen, blocked varicose veins)
  • UV rays from the sun (especially in the case of spider veins)
  • Rosacea (a skin condition causing spider veins on the nose and face)
  • And more

Why Visible Veins Matter: Spider Veins and Varicose Veins

Spider veins are the least serious, and most superficial, of all vascular issues. These are the clusters of tiny, eyelash-sized broken capillaries visible in the skin of the nose, cheeks, chest, legs and other body areas. These veins may become unsightly and bothersome to certain individuals, while other people may simply ignore them. Varicose veins are larger, discolored and may even bulge under the skin of your legs. These can also be unattractive, but could also signal a more serious vascular heath issue. Varicose veins can also bring symptoms like leg pain, heaviness and lead to serious circulation problems. Bottom line: if you notice spider veins or varicose veins and they don’t bother you–it’s still a good idea to get a quick check of your vein health by visiting your local vein doctor. 

Deeper Vein Problems can be Silent Health Threats: Find Out if You Need Vein Treatment

Although varicose veins and spider veins are often easy to see, you could have more serious, yet invisible, vein problems lurking deep within your body. A simple exam at your local vein clinic can help you avoid silent and dangerous vascular conditions: like DVT (deep vein thrombosis, a dangerous, deep blood clot that can be fatal if it travels to the lungs). Sometimes, your vein doctor may be the first to notice signs of a related health problem like high blood pressure, diabetes or pre-diabetes–just with a simple vein exam. This helps you get vein treatment for these potentially harmful underlying health conditions, before your body is permanently damaged. 

Dr. Shah and his team at Vascular Medicine Center in King of Prussia, PA, are ready to treat your unsightly veins with minimally invasive vein treatments. See us for vein treatments and a vascular exam to maintain your vein health for life. Contact the Vascular Medicine Center today.