Spider Veins – A Common Cosmetic Problem
Spider veins, also called telangiectasias, are small, dilated blood vessels near the surface of the skin, named for the web-like appearance of their network of enlarged veins. Spider veins on the legs are common, most often on the upper thigh, below the knee joint and around the ankles. However, spider veins can develop anywhere on the body. Though not a medical problem, spider veins are unsightly and can make those affected feel self-conscious about their appearance. Moreover spider veins can occur at the same time as varicose veins or reticular veins, where the varicose veins may indicate an underlying problem with the valves in the larger veins. When spider veins occur in clusters, they often appear as a black-and-blue mark on the leg. Spider veins also commonly appear on the face, usually appearing on the nose, cheeks and chin.
Why People Get Spider Veins
Spider veins may be congenital – that is, present at birth – or acquired, resulting from a problem in the circulatory system, a disease process, or other cause. Almost all spider veins have a genetic component that is acted upon by one’s environment. Most spider veins appear between the ages of 18 and 35, and become more pronounced over time, reaching their peak of prominence between the ages of 35 and 60. Here on our site, you can learn more about the causes of spider veins, symptoms, and your options for treatment of spider veins. The Vein Center has been leading the way in the care of vein conditions in northern New Jersey for decades.
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