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Also known as telangiectasia, spider veins occur when tiny red capillaries dilate close to the surface of the skin. Spider veins can develop anywhere on the body. Commonly you’ll see these veins on the face around the nose, cheeks and chin, and on the legs around the upper thigh, below the knee joint and around the ankles.
Spider veins can be caused by the backup of blood. They can also be caused by hormone changes, pregnancy, exposure to the sun and injuries. Taking birth control pills and other medicines containing estrogen and progesterone also may contribute to the forming of spider veins.
Sclerotherapy is the preferred treatment for spider veins on the legs. Procedures are completed with no anesthesia and allow patients to quickly return to normal activities.
Treatments done for spider veins are typically for cosmetic purposes. If you are self-conscious about your spider veins, or if they become painful or tender, contact a surgeon at Vein Care Specialists about treatment options.