Spider Veins are dilated small blood vessels that have a red or bluish color. The threadlike veins lie close to the surface of the skin and may look like a “starburst” or web-like formation. They occur mostly on the legs, occasionally on the face or elsewhere. Spider veins are connected to the larger veins, but are not ciritcal to the body’s function, however they may be associated with symptoms. They typically measure less than 1mm in diameter.
Spider veins result from abnormal blood flow and weakening of the blood vessel wall in the affected veins. Commonly they occur in women and sypmtoms can be related to normal monthly hormonal fluctuations of the female cycle and pregnancy. Other contributing factors may include injuries, medications that affect hormones, heredity, weight gain, and sitting or standing for long periods of time.
Treatment of existing veins can dramatically improve the appearance of the affected area, providing a more youthful, healthy look. For some, they may alleviate problems with restless legs, aching, burning and/or cramps.