What Are Spider Veins?
Spider veins are small clusters of red, blue, or purple veins that appear most commonly on the thighs, calves, and ankles. They are very similar to varicose veins but smaller and closer to the surface of the skin. Spider veins can look like tree branches or spider webs due to the short jagged lines that develop. Although they are usually found on the legs, they can also be found on the face and can sometimes cover other skin areas.
A number of factors may contribute to the development of spider veins in the legs, including:
- Hormonal shifts
- Exposure to the sun
- Weight gain
- Occupations or activities that require prolonged sitting or standing
Please note that some patients misidentify spider veins as varicose veins. Varicose veins are enlarged veins that can be flesh-colored, dark purple, or blue. They often look like cords and appear twisted and bulging. Usually, they are swollen and raised above the surface of the skin. These veins cannot typically be treated with laser. If you have questions regarding any veins, you may ask Dr. Lewen during your consultation.