What are spider (telangiectatic) veins?
Spider veins are formed by the dilation of a small group of blood vessels located close to the surface of the skin. Although they can appear anywhere on the body, spider veins are most commonly found on the face and legs. They usually pose no health hazard, but may produce a dull aching in the legs after prolonged standing and indicate more severe venous disease.
Learn more about treatment options for spider veins
- Laser surgery
- Surgical ligation, stripping and intravascular laser or radiofrequency ablation
- Ambulatory phlebectomy
- Combined approaches
Who develops spider veins?
The exact cause of spider veins is unknown, although heredity, pregnancy and hormonal influences are believed to be primary factors contributing to both conditions. More than 40 percent of women have some form of varicose conditions, with an increasing incidence of venous disease as one gets older, so that up to 80 percent of women have some form of venous disease by age 80. Slightly more women than men have varicose and spider veins.
Do's and Don'ts
There are many preventative measures and medical techniques available to diminish the appearance and pain associated with these vein conditions.
For more information and referrals
For more information on skin conditions and treatments, along with a list of ASDS members in your state, please visit the find a dermatologic surgeon section of our website.