Treatment options for varicose veins have improved dramatically in recent years. Varicose veins sometimes referred to as spider veins, can be treated with a variety of minimally invasive procedures. Spider veins were once considered a separate disorder, but research has shown that they are a milder version and treatment options are similar. 

What causes varicose veins?

Researchers have found that almost 60% of people will suffer from some form of varicose veins. Varicose veins are more common in men than in women, but women make up over 90% of those who seek treatment. The exact cause of varicose veins is unknown, but genetics play a significant role. Weak vein valves, which seem to have a genetic component, leads to the backflow of blood through the valves, causing varicose veins to appear. 

Hormones also play a role. Puberty, menopause, pregnancy, birth control pills, and hormone replacement all contribute to changes in circulation, which are a risk factor for varicose veins. Though varicose veins can ache and throb at times, seen as an unsightly cosmetic problem instead of a health issue. 

Treatment options

In the not too distant past, treatment options for varicose veins often seemed far worse than the disease itself. Fortunately, treatment options have improved, and there are now many options to lessen or remove the unsightly veins. Talk to your physician about treatment options and the cost of treatment. Few insurance companies will cover the cost of treatment done for purely cosmetic reasons.

Treatment options include:

  • Self-care