To understand the treatment of spider veins, it’s first helpful to know what they are and how they developed. Spider veins are small red, purple and blue blood vessels that commonly appear on the legs, thighs, ankles and face. They are easily recognizable because they follow a distinct branching pattern. Though they can be seen in young men and women, they usually become more prominent as people age.
There are a number of factors that contribute to the development of spider veins, including:
- Being overweight or obese.
- Congenital factors.
- Hormonal changes during pregnancy or menopause.
- A history of blood clots.
- Hormone replacement therapy or the use of birth control pills.
- Sitting or standing for long periods of time.