What are spider veins?
Spider veins are small, twisted blood vessels that are visible through your skin. They may be red, purple, or blue and generally appear on the legs or face.
Spider veins usually do not cause any symptoms, but rarely may cause a mild dull discomfort or burning sensation. You could experience increased pain after sitting or standing for a long time.
As you get older, your veins can lose elasticity, causing them to stretch. Blood pools in your veins, and your veins enlarge and become varicose. Another common cause is pregnancy, which increases the volume of blood in your body, but decreases the flow of blood from your legs to your pelvis.
Sclerotherapy is a simple procedure that involves an injection to the affected veins to close them up. While sclerotherapy is more common, the smaller, fine, reddish spider veins respond best to laser treatment because they’re harder to inject. Surgery can also help clear up this condition if it is very severe.