What Are Spider Veins?

Spider veins are small, thin blood vessels beneath the skin's surface and look like a spider web or tree branch. They are a type of varicose vein that occurs when the valves that carry blood back to the heart become weak or damaged, causing blood to pool in the veins, which leads to their appearance on the skin's surface. Usually red, blue, or purple, they are commonly found on the legs but can also appear on the face, chest, and arms.

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Who Gets Spider Veins?

While anyone can develop spider veins, they are more common in women and people over the age of 50. Additional factors that can contribute to whether a person will develop spider veins include:

  • Genetics
  • Pregnancy
  • Hormonal changes
  • Obesity
  • Prolonged sitting or standing
  • Injury

Symptoms of Spider Veins

The most frequent symptom of spider veins is their appearance on the skin's surface. However, they can also cause:

  • Aching or cramping in the legs
  • Burning or itching around the veins
  • Swelling or inflammation
  • Bleeding or bruising

Treatment Options

  • Sclerotherapy: injecting a solution into the vein, causing it to collapse and fade over time

Prevent Spider Veins

  • Exercise regularly to improve your circulation
  • Maintain a healthy, stable weight
  • Avoid sitting or standing for prolonged periods
  • Wear compression stockings
  • Elevate your legs if you sit or lie down
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Are You Concerned About Spider Veins?

Spider veins may not be harmful, but they can make people feel self-conscious. Fortunately, several treatment options can reduce their appearance. The Spartz Clinic by Skin Care Doctors offers effective treatment options for unsightly or uncomfortable veins. Dr. Spartz is a highly trained, board-certified professional who will give you an honest assessment and a plan to resolve your concerns. While spider veins cannot be completely cured, and new ones may develop over time, the right treatment can significantly reduce their appearance and boost your confidence. Contact our office today, if you have spider veins that you want to address.

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