Spider veins, also
known medically as telangiectasia or venulectasias, are the mildest
manifestation of venous insufficiency, similar to varicose veins but smaller.
They are small, often tangled groups of tiny blood vessels just under the skin
surface that frequently resemble spider webs or tree branches. They are
generally red, blue or purple and are clearly visible, usually on the thighs,
lower legs and face. Spider veins can sometimes cover large areas of skin, but
they are a cosmetic problem only, rarely causing physical symptoms. At least a
third of all women and a smaller percentage of men are believed to display the
Spider veins are
thin vessels directly connected with the larger venous system, and like varicose
veins they are often caused by venous reflux. Spider veins may be isolated or
associated with "feeder" veins or with larger underlying varicose veins, but
they are not varicose veins – they do not bulge above the skin surface and do
not require medical treatment.
Spider veins can be diagnosed merely by
sight. They tend to take on one of three characteristic patterns – a "sunburst"
or spider-web pattern radiating outward from a central point, a "tree-branch"
pattern, or a "matting" or linear pattern that may be nothing more than a set of
thin lines. Even in the absence of physical discomfort, our physicians prefer to
conduct ultrasound exams to determine the extent of the problem and the
underlying causes of the condition.
Risk factors for spider veins are similar
to those for varicose veins – age, heredity, pregnancy, hormonal changes,
obesity and extended periods of standing – as well as sun exposure, particularly
in fair-skinned people, and injuries to the skin surface. Some physicians
believe that exercise, weight loss and the wearing of support hose and flat
shoes instead of high heels can reduce the incidence of spider veins. Spider
vein treatments are non-invasive or minimally invasive and include sclerotherapy
and other innovative procedures.
veins are thin surface veins that turn blue or red under the strain of the
venous reflux and affect the appearance of the location where they occur. Spider
veins are considered a cosmetic problem, rarely causing physical discomfort, and
can be addressed with a variety of non-invasive, techniques.
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