Spider veins are small, superficial, damaged veins that are usually on the surface on the legs, but can be fund anywhere on the body. The discolored veins can resemble a spider web or permanent bruise. Spider webs veins commonly occur simultaneously with other vein diseases but can also be independent.
Typically not painful, spider veins are considered unattractive and if left untreated can spread all over the legs.
Treatment options include sclerotherapy and/or laser, depending on their location and size. If venous reflux is found within the superficial venous system in the same region of the spider veins, treatment of the reflux can help in preventing the spider veins from coming back after they are treated. Sclerotherapy involves injecting a solution directly into the vein, causing the vein to scar. The collapsed vein is reabsorbed into local tissue and eventually fades.
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