Spider veins, also known as telangiectasias, are small veins (less than 1mm) that can be seen on the surface of the skin. They get their name from the shape of the discolorations. They are considered a milder form of varicose veins and differ in appearance, ranging from pink, red to bluish purple.
Spider veins are most common on the thighs, ankle and calves, and are more common in women, than men. The following factors can increase a patient’s risk of developing spider veins: obesity, sun exposure, hormonal changes, pregnancy, aging, genetic predisposition and trauma.