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What Causes Varicose Veins?

People have long speculated on what causes unsightly varicose veins, with some believing that crossing your legs when you sit for extended periods of time is the culprit. As the Mayo Clinic notes, while that may be one factor, there are other causes for these as well.

Varicose veins are gnarled, enlarged veins. Any vein may become varicose, but the veins most commonly affected are those in your legs and feet. That's because standing and walking upright increases the pressure in the veins of your lower body.

For many people, varicose veins and spider veins — a common, mild variation of varicose veins — are simply a cosmetic concern. For other people, varicose veins can cause aching pain and discomfort. Sometimes varicose veins lead to more-serious problems. Varicose veins may also signal a higher risk of other circulatory problems. Treatment may involve self-care measures or procedures by a board certified plastic surgeon to close or remove veins.

Causes of varicose veins can include age or pregnancy, with the risk of these veins appearing due to gender, family history, obesity, or standing or sitting for long periods of time. Your blood doesn't flow as well if you're in the same position for long periods.

If you desire advice on how to remove the veins, make sure to seek out a board-certified plastic surgeon.

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