Reticular Veins - A Common Vein Condition You Can Do Something About
Reticular veins, like varicose veins and spider veins, are a common vein problem that can cause unsightly blemishes on the skin. Usually blue or purple in color, reticular veins are smaller – usually about 2mm in diameter – than varicose veins, and do not protrude above the skin as varicose veins do. Reticular veins may form areas filled with unattractive vein clusters on the inner part and back of the thighs, the legs and ankles, and occasionally on the face. Veins that become reticular may cause pain and discomfort in the surrounding area. Reticular veins also play a role in the formation of spider veins, often serving as the source of blood that fills these dilated venules. Because of this link, reticular veins are also known as feeder veins, and removing reticular veins can help eliminate spider veins.
Getting Help for Reticular Veins
As with most cases of spider veins and varicose veins, reticular veins are caused by dilatation of the veins. This allows blood to flow backward, dilating and twisting the vein. Reticular veins commonly appear on the outer thigh, knee or calf, and in this area typically cause only cosmetic problems, and reflect no underlying serious health risks. Nonetheless, their unattractive appearance deters many affected women from wearing shorts, skirts, bathing suits or other clothing that reveals areas of the skin where reticular veins are visible. If you’re concerned about the appearance of reticular veins, schedule an appointment with the board certified vascular surgeons at any of The Vein Center facilities in northern New Jersey. Our offices in Westfield, Clifton and Springfield are convenient to the New York Tri-State region.