What Are Spider Veins?

Spider veins are small, damaged veins that can appear close to the surface of the skin. They are typically red, purple, or blue and can be found on various parts of the body. These veins most commonly appear on the legs, thighs, or facial area.

Spider veins visible around the ankles

What Are Spider Veins?

Spider veins are small, damaged veins that can appear close to the surface of the skin. They are typically red, purple, or blue and can be found on various parts of the body. These veins most commonly appear on the legs, thighs, or facial area.

What Causes Spider Veins?

Spider veins generally occur when small tiny invisible veins that run through and just beneath the skin dilate. As these tiny veins enlarge they become visible because – you literally see the blood flow through the vein. This results in a web-like pattern of spider veins that become noticeable on our thighs and lower legs.

In some instances, an underlying vein problem – caused by abnormal pooling in veins with valve malfunctions. Since these valves are responsible for keeping blood moving in the right direction, damage to the valve results in blood simply stagnating in place resulting in increased vein pressure that can exacerbate spider veins.

Facial spider veins are most often caused by sun damage that causes the wall of the blood vessels to weaken and dilate. 

Spider veins may also be caused by local physical trauma, bruise or contusion. Additionally, spider veins may develop without any obvious cause.

Risk Factors for Developing Spider Veins

Age

Over time, the valves in your veins may become less responsive, leading to varicose veins and spider veins. Aging also means you will have experienced more sun damage that could have damaged your veins and caused spider veins to form.

Gender

Women are more prone than men to see spider veins. Although, men are not immune from spider veins. Pregnancy places more stress on the veins, therefore making spider veins more likely to develop.

Jobs that require a lot of standing

As you might have noticed, adding stress to the veins is one of the most common causes for developing spider veins. So, if you’re working a job that requires you to be on your feet for long periods of time, you’re more likely to develop spider veins in your legs.

Hormonal changes

As mentioned above, pregnancy is a risk factor for developing spider veins. In particular, the hormonal changes that come with pregnancy, and then after pregnancy, add stress on the veins and make them more vulnerable to venous insufficiency.

Family history of spider veins or varicose veins

If people in your family have had spider veins or varicose veins, it’s more likely that you will develop the same or similar vein problems.

History of sunburns, tanning, or the use of tanning beds

As mentioned earlier, sun damage is one of the reasons spider veins can develop. When the tiny capillaries near the surface of your skin on your face or legs are exposed to UV radiation from the sun or tanning beds, they can become damaged. And over time, these capillaries may become spider veins.

Keep in mind that these are only the known risk factors. Both men and women of any age may develop spider veins. Finally, it is also possible to develop spider veins as a side effect of receiving vein surgery.

Spider Vein Symptoms

Spider veins are a benign condition and almost never cause medical problems. Spider veins are considered a cosmetic problem.

Spider veins are unsightly – the good news is that they are easy to treat. The best treatment for spider veins on the legs is sclerotherapy. At VeinSolutions we have treated spider veins for years with excellent results.

A doctor injecting sclerotherapy treatments for a spider vein patient

Possible symptoms associated with spider veins include:

  • Discolored webs or lines of veins near the surface of the skin
  • Skin discoloration around the veins
  • Bleeding

Spider Vein Treatment Options

If you’re experiencing discomfort or cosmetic concerns from spider veins, the following treatments are effective ways to take care of spider veins.

Compression Stockings

Compression stockings and socks may be helpful in addressing spider veins in some cases. The extra compression provides more support for your veins and encourages healthy blood circulation by decreasing vein pressure in your legs – this may slow down the formation of spider veins.

Sclerotherapy

Venous injection therapy effectively closes off the diseased veins or capillaries. The closed veins are then reabsorbed into the body and disappear. Multiple appointments for sclerotherapy may be required to see complete results.

During this procedure, your doctor will inject a solution into the spider veins. This damages the vein wall causing the veins to seal up over time. Blood can no longer flow through the sealed vein, and over time the veins will fade away improving the appearance of the treated area. Since our body has numerous veins, blood will simply redirect to a healthier vein that is not visible to the unaided eye. Sclerotherapy is a simple and straightforward treatment, typically taking less than 30 minutes to complete in-office. You walk in and walk out, and there is no downtime after the treatment. Multiple appointments for sclerotherapy may be required to see complete results.

A doctor injecting sclerotherapy treatments for a spider vein patient

Spider Vein Treatment Options

If you’re experiencing discomfort or cosmetic concerns from spider veins, the following treatments are effective ways to take care of spider veins.

Compression Stockings

Compression stockings and socks may be helpful in addressing spider veins in some cases. The extra compression provides more support for your veins and encourages healthy blood circulation by decreasing vein pressure in your legs – this may slow down the formation of spider veins.

Sclerotherapy

Venous injection therapy effectively closes off the diseased veins or capillaries. The closed veins are then reabsorbed into the body and disappear. Multiple appointments for sclerotherapy may be required to see complete results.

During this procedure, your doctor will inject a solution into the spider veins. This damages the vein wall causing the veins to seal up over time. Blood can no longer flow through the sealed vein, and over time the veins will fade away improving the appearance of the treated area. Since our body has numerous veins, blood will simply redirect to a healthier vein that is not visible to the unaided eye. Sclerotherapy is a simple and straightforward treatment, typically taking less than 30 minutes to complete in-office. You walk in and walk out, and there is no downtime after the treatment. Multiple appointments for sclerotherapy may be required to see complete results.

VeinSolutions™ a division of Michigan Vascular Center

Looking for a vein expert in the Michigan region? Then look no further! Here at VeinSolutions™, we have an excellent team of board-certified Vascular Surgeons that can diagnose and treat numerous vein conditions. We offer Sclerotherapy,  Venous Ablation, Microphlebectomy, as well as other great treatments that can address those pesky vein problems.

Not sure if your vein condition is simply spider veins or if there is a different condition affecting your veins? No worries, here at VeinSolutions™, we offer FREE vein screenings. In addition to this, our office is equipped to provide venous ultrasounds, which can give more insight into your condition and help us form a diagnosis.

Best of all, we care about our clients. That’s why we strive to make each one of your office visits as comfortable and easy as possible. Simply call or go online to schedule your appointment with us. We look forward to seeing you!

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VeinSolutions™ a division of Michigan Vascular Center

Looking for a vein expert in the Michigan region? Then look no further! Here at VeinSolutions™, we have an excellent team of board-certified Vascular Surgeons that can diagnose and treat numerous vein conditions. We offer Sclerotherapy,  Venous Ablation, Microphlebectomy, as well as other great treatments that can address those pesky vein problems.

Not sure if your vein condition is simply spider veins or if there is a different condition affecting your veins? No worries, here at VeinSolutions™, we offer FREE vein screenings. In addition to this, our office is equipped to provide venous ultrasounds, which can give more insight into your condition and help us form a diagnosis.

Best of all, we care about our clients. That’s why we strive to make each one of your office visits as comfortable and easy as possible. Simply call or go online to schedule your appointment with us. We look forward to seeing you!

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