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Spider veins are quite common. They are small lines of discoloration that are visible beneath the skin. The discoloration is caused by accumulated blood from weakened vein valves. If you already have spider veins and live in Houston, you may be a good candidate for a vein treatment such as sclerotherapy. If you are at a high risk of spider veins, consider talking to a doctor about ways of reducing your risk. Some risk factors aren’t controllable, such as aging. Pregnancy is also a major cause of spider veins. Many women decide to have sclerotherapy after they’re certain that they are done adding to their family.

Other risk factors of spider veins can include hormonal changes, particularly during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause. Birth control pills and postmenopausal hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can also elevate the risk of spider veins. Spider veins do tend to run in families and they are more common among people who must stand for prolonged periods of time. Inhibited blood circulation and even physical injuries can also increase the risk of spider veins.