Varicose and spider veins may appear in the legs at any age, and can be attributed to a number of factors, both environmental and genetic. The good news is that there are a number of advanced treatment options available to reduce the appearance of leg veins.
To find expert treatment for leg veins at any age, please contact Goldman Vein Institute, with three convenient locations in South Florida. Read on to learn more about common causes of leg veins, and the most common ages during which they appear.
While leg veins may appear throughout the lifespan, they most commonly begin to appear after age 40. According to WomensHealth.gov, half of people over 50 years of age have varicose veins.
In some cases, the appearance of varicose and spider veins is due to genetic factors. If leg veins are hereditary, they are difficult to prevent through lifestyle modifications.
For those who are not genetically predisposed to varicose and spider veins, certain environmental factors can contribute to their development. Being overweight and physically inactive are two of the most common causes of leg veins. Those who want to prevent the development of leg veins are encouraged to frequently engage in physical activity like jogging, cycling, or swimming to improve blood circulation in the legs.
In addition to physical inactivity, hormonal changes are another common cause of leg veins. Hormonal changes are not limited to one age group—puberty, pregnancy, and menopause are all common times at which leg veins may appear. Therefore, while leg veins appear most commonly during middle age, they may also appear much earlier in life.
No matter your age, you should immediately see a physician if your leg veins are causing you physical discomfort of pain. Redness, itching, burning, or swelling of leg veins may be a sign of a more serious health complication.
Additionally, if the cosmetic appearance of your leg veins causes you to feel self-conscious, you may benefit from leg vein treatment. There are a number of advanced treatment options available for reducing the appearance of leg veins, including Endovenous Laser Ablation and Sclerotherapy.