What are spider veins?
Spider veins (also known as spider telangiectasias) appear as thin veins visible below the surface of the skin. As their name suggests, they usually appear in a pattern similar to a spider web. They are most common on the face and legs and can be red or blue in color. Spider veins are much smaller than varicose veins and do not appear enlarged or “knotted” as with more serious venous disorders.
Spider veins are not usually a serious health concern, but cosmetically, their appearance is a concern for many patients. Treatments to reduce noticeable spider veins on the legs or facial redness are common. However, because spider veins can be an indication of a more serious venous problem, a thorough evaluation by a medical professional is advised.