Genetics and Your Mother’s Legs

Genetics and Your Mother’s Legs

What Women Fear About Their Varicose Veins

A common fear that women express when coming for spider and varicose vein evaluation and treatment is that they are afraid that their legs will eventually look like their mother’s legs.

Often a person will express that their mother neglected their legs because of either a lack of a reliable technology at the time to effectively treat her unsightly veins or a fear that the available treatment options would not work.

Death, Taxes, and Varicose Veins

But unfortunately for women with a strong hereditary history, it’s usually just a matter of time before varicose or spider veins develop.

This fear that your legs will eventually look like their mother’s is well founded.

Heredity and age is believed to be the primary cause of varicose and spider veins for most people.

Other Causes of Varicose Veins

Other factors like pregnancy, obesity, hormonal therapy and being female are also believed to have their effect on the development of veins but not to the degree that genetics does.

To prevent your legs from looking like your mother’s legs, seek advice from a qualified and experienced physician specializing in vein treatments.

Modern Treatment for Spider and Varicose Veins

Treatment for spider veins is usually focused on sclerotherapy which is the injection of medication into the veins with a needle and syringe.

Sclerotherapy is considered the treatment of choice in most cases. For the larger bulging rope-like varicose veins a combination of laser treatment and sclerotherapy are commonly chosen therapeutic options.

About The Author

Dr. John Happel

Dr. John Happel has been in practice as a surgeon since 1986 in the Pittsburgh region. He specializes in vascular surgery and has subspecialized in the treatment of varicose and spider veins since 1999. Dr. Happel is board certified in vascular surgery and recertified in vascular surgery in 2012. He was chosen in 1985 to fulfill the position for the vascular surgical fellowship at the world renowned Mayo Clinic.