What are spider veins?
Small veins just under the surface of the skin indicate underlying disease.
Spider veins are tiny, thin veins that vary in color and that you can see just under the surface of your skin. They’re so named because they remind us of spider webs, and are also sometimes described as looking like marble. Spider veins, as well as varicose veins, are symptoms of vein disease.
Signs of Spider Veins
AppearanceSmall, thread-like; color varies
LocationUsually leg veins, sometimes chest, facial or hand veins
SeverityCan vary from cosmetic to symptomatic affecting one’s quality of life
DiscomfortMay cause discomfort
What causes spider veins?
Malfunctioning valves in feeder veins are the underlying cause.
Spider veins in the leg, hand, and face are caused by unhealthy valves inside feeder veins, allowing blood to flow backwards instead of upwards toward the heart. Some of this backed-up blood can lead to non-functional, “dead end” veins that appear underneath the surface of the skin as spider veins.
Who Gets Spider Veins?
Men and women of all ages develop spider veins.
Many of us will eventually encounter vein health issues. It’s usually hereditary, so if your parents or grandparents have or had spider veins, you are more likely to develop them as well. If you become pregnant or have a job or lifestyle that requires standing for long periods of time, this may make them worse, or increase the probability of getting them.
Spider Vein Treatment
Quick, effective outpatient visits treat the root cause of spider veins.
Some of our patients seek treatment for cosmetic improvement, and others are looking for relief from pain. The good news is that spider veins and their underlying cause are quite treatable, and our comprehensive approach at Vein Clinics of America handles the entirety of vein disease–not just the symptoms of it.
There are two main spider vein treatment procedures–UGFS and VGS–both are quick, minimally invasive, and require no hospitalization. Treatment is designed to seal off any feeder veins with unhealthy valves. Once those veins are sealed, blood circulation returns to veins with properly working valves, and dead-end spider veins are eventually absorbed back into the body.