Spider Veins are threadlike veins that lie close to the surface of the skin and may look like a “starburst” or web-like formation. They occur mostly on the legs and occasionally on the face or elsewhere. They typically measure less than 1mm in diameter.
Spider veins result from abnormal blood flow and weakening of the blood vessel wall in the affected veins.
Spider veins in women can be related to hormonal fluctuations or pregnancy. Other contributing factors may include injuries, medications that affect hormones, heredity, weight gain, and sitting or standing for long periods of time.
Treatment can dramatically improve the appearance of the affected area, providing a more youthful, healthy look. For some, treatment may alleviate problems with restless legs, aching, burning and/or cramps.