Why Am I Seeing New Veins in My Legs?

Why Am I Seeing New Veins in My Legs?

Your body is a complex machine of different muscles and tissues, with your limbs being no exception. Your arms provide balance and drive as your legs take you wherever you want to go for a speedy get away. Your legs, though, can be vulnerable to diseases and difficulties. Visible veins on the legs could be nothing or could indicate a serious condition.

For any vascular issues you may face, the professional team at Vascular Associates of San Diego in La Mesa, California, is here to assist you. Our caring professionals are well-versed in safe and effective treatments for the visible veins on your legs, or wherever they may be. While you may not be sure about why your leg veins are so prominent, we have the tools to properly diagnose and treat the issue or issues.

Why can I see my veins? 

Maybe you never noticed, but you could technically always see your veins — lighting or clothing obstructions aside. It’s normal and natural to see veins in some parts of your body, particularly your wrists. You can even check your pulse on your wrists. 

Veins might appear on your neck or face when you’re very annoyed, stressed, or angry. Otherwise, your veins have a tendency to hide. When you see them, it could be for a number of different reasons

The visibility of your veins can be indicative of vein health. As we age, skin tends to thin, allowing some small veins to debut. However, if the veins bulge to the surface of your skin, you’re probably dealing with varicose veins. 

Varicose veins are typically harmless, but considered to be unattractive by many people. This condition primarily affects women, though men aren’t immune to developing varicose veins. Varicose veins typically appear on the calves and ankles, though they can also appear on the face and arms. Tiny varicose veins in the face are called spider veins, and they, too, can create a problematic appearance.

Should I be worried?

While varicose veins aren’t everyone’s beauty ideal, they are usually harmless, and can be dramatically reduced through simple, in-home treatments. Varicose veins can, however, produce symptoms, such as: 

The symptoms of varicose veins are usually mild and rarely go beyond the above-mentioned issues. There is another side to varicose veins, though, and they can be dangerous if your symptoms become more severe. 

Varicose veins could be one of the numerous signs of aging, or they themselves could be a symptom of chronic venous insufficiency, a long-term condition that affects the veins’ ability to move blood back up to the heart. 

In any case of varicose veins, the cause is a faulty valve. Your veins are equipped with muscular, naturally occurring valves that keep blood moving in the correct direction. Your venous valves prevent blood from flowing backward, and are essential to a healthy venous system. 

When the valves are too weak to do their job, or too damaged, blood pools in the veins, resulting in varicose veins. With approximately 40% of the US adult population affected by chronic venous insufficiency within their lifetimes, treating your varicose veins may be more important to protecting your legs than you realize. 

What should I do about my visible veins?

If you’re experiencing visible veins with little to know symptoms, your best bet may be to wear compression stockings, and to keep your feet elevated when you’re not standing or walking. Reducing the amount of time that you spend standing will also be easier on your legs. 

If you’re having moderate to severe symptoms, your provider at Vascular Associates of San Diego would like to see you for a consultation. 

Treatment options for varicose veins depend on a number of factors, including your personal and family health history, as well as an evaluation of medications and supplements that you’re currently using. Our vein and vascular experts specialize in potent, up-to-date treatments for any type of vein issues anywhere in your body.

I think I’m ready to come in for treatment.

Our professional team is excited to assist in any way. Before recommending any treatment, your provider sits with you for a thorough consultation, and recommends at-home treatments to help you heal. If you’re ready for a life without visible veins, call us today for a consultation at 619-375-1781, or book an appointment with us online. 

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