Veins on my ankles and the back of my legs

Sclerotherapy . 5 answers . 2 years ago

About a year ago I have large veins taken care of and the scelerotherapy done on spider veins. Now I have bunch of veins all around my ankles and some back on my legs. Is it because I laid in the sun when I was a teenager all the time?

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2 years ago by Advanced Vein Center (View Profile)

Sunlight is not thought to be a cause of varicose or spider veins. Family
history, obesity, pregnancy, occupations with prolonged standing or sitting
are more common risk factors. An ultrasound exam of your legs would be
helpful in determining if deeper veins are causing the vein problems you see
around your ankles.

Bruce R Hoyle MD

2 years ago by Advanced Vein Center (View Profile)

Sunlight is not thought to be a cause of varicose or spider veins. Family
history, obesity, pregnancy, occupations with prolonged standing or sitting
are more common risk factors. An ultrasound exam of your legs would be
helpful in determining if deeper veins are causing the vein problems you see
around your ankles.

Bruce R Hoyle MD


2 years ago by General Vascular Surgery Group (View Profile)

No, sun exposure does not cause spider veins.
Michael D. Ingegno, MD

2 years ago by General Vascular Surgery Group (View Profile)

No, sun exposure does not cause spider veins.
Michael D. Ingegno, MD


2 years ago by Vein Specialties of St. Louis (View Profile)

Typically vein issues are inherited. You obviously have a history of larger veins and this is just another form. If you have a normal venous ultrasound, then these are cosmetic treatments with laser and sclerotherapy. While sun damage can be responsible for some fine red veins especially on the face it probably isn't the reason on your legs.
Norman N. Bein MD FACS RVT

2 years ago by Vein Specialties of St. Louis (View Profile)

Typically vein issues are inherited. You obviously have a history of larger veins and this is just another form. If you have a normal venous ultrasound, then these are cosmetic treatments with laser and sclerotherapy. While sun damage can be responsible for some fine red veins especially on the face it probably isn't the reason on your legs.
Norman N. Bein MD FACS RVT


2 years ago by Angelo N. Makris MD (View Profile)

It is most likely related to your genetic predisposition to venous disease.

2 years ago by Angelo N. Makris MD (View Profile)

It is most likely related to your genetic predisposition to venous disease.


2 years ago by Vanish Vein and Laser Center (View Profile)

There are two types of veins as you mentioned-spider and varicose. If you have spider veins, then they may require touch up sclerotherapy. Unfortunately, there is no permanent cure for spider veins and periodic touch up sclerotherapy may be necessary. Spider veins are due to multiple causes but I doubt that sun bathing years ago has contributed to their recurrence. Varicose veins, on the other hand, are usually due to a valvular reflux problem. If you have these then you should have a follow up venous ultrasound to look for reflux.

2 years ago by Vanish Vein and Laser Center (View Profile)

There are two types of veins as you mentioned-spider and varicose. If you have spider veins, then they may require touch up sclerotherapy. Unfortunately, there is no permanent cure for spider veins and periodic touch up sclerotherapy may be necessary. Spider veins are due to multiple causes but I doubt that sun bathing years ago has contributed to their recurrence. Varicose veins, on the other hand, are usually due to a valvular reflux problem. If you have these then you should have a follow up venous ultrasound to look for reflux.

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