Many factors contribute to spider vein formation, such as heredity, pregnancy, aging, sun damage, hormonal influences and trauma to the affected area. By age 80, up to 80% of women in the United States have spider veins. Spider veins generally form by the dilation of a small group of blood vessels located close to the surface of the skin. Often found on the thighs, lower legs and face, spider veins generally appear as red, blue or purple veins and can be diagnosed upon visible examination and generally display one of three distinctive patterns:
- A spider-web or “sunburst” pattern that radiates out from a central point
- A “tree branch” pattern
- A linear or “matting” pattern that may appear to simply be a set of thin lines
Spider veins are typically regarded as a cosmetic nuisance with no associated symptoms and pose no serious health threats. They can, however, be the first indicator of poor venous circulation and related issues, acting as precursors to more serious underlying venous disease. A consultation with Dr. Maldonado will help to determine whether you have a cosmetic or medical concern. Health insurance will not cover the cost of cosmetic treatment.
Spider Vein Treatment
Sclerotherapy micro-injections collapse and shrink unsightly spider veins and some varicose veins. Sclerotherapy is most commonly used on the legs and ankles. Learn more about spider vein treatment at Vein Specialist Center of Grass Valley.