Spider Veins

Telangiectasias, or spider veins, are small enlarged blood vessels near the surface of the skin; usually they measure only a few millimeters. They can develop anywhere on the body but commonly on the face around the nose, cheeks, and chin. They can also develop on the legs, specifically on the upper thigh, below the knee joint, and around the ankles.These are actually developmental abnormalities but can closely mimic the behavior of benign vascular neoplasms. They may be composed of abnormal aggregations of arterioles, capillaries, or venules.


  • May resemble a spider shape with a group of veins spreading outward from a discolored central point. 
  • May appear in branch-like shapes.
  • May appear as thin separate lines.
Spider veins are most commonly treated by realatively painless procedure called Sclerotherapy, typically performed at the physican's office.
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