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Spider veins are a milder form of varicose vein, usually smaller and found closer to the surface of the skin. Spider veins can be blue, red or purple. About the size of a hair, spider veins may look like a sunburst, branches of a tree or a spider web. Spider veins most often appear on the legs but sometimes they can be found on the face. They can be small and almost unnoticeable,or your spider veins may cover a large area.
Spider veins result from abnormal blood flow, though the exact reason they develop is unknown. You can inherit a tendency toward spider veins. They can develop as the result of an injury or sun damage, and they may be related to hormonal changes, including pregnancy. Spider veins can also be related to age, a sedentary lifestyle and excess weight.
Spider veins aren’t dangerous but they can be unattractive, which is why most people want to have them removed. At Widmeyer Vein Center, Dr. Widmeyer uses sclerotherapy and topic laser treatments, often in combination, to provide you with excellent cosmetic results.
Sclerotherapy involves injecting a “sclerosing agent” into a vein. The sclerosing agent irritates the vein, causing it to form scar tissue and become less visible. Topical laser therapy is another option and, for patients with spider veins on the face, it is usually the preferred treatment.