What are spider veins?
Spider veins are red and purple blood vessels that occur in patches on the legs and face. Spider veins and varicose veins are not the same and one does not necessarily lead to the other. Whereas, varicose veins are large, swollen, and occur singularly on the legs, spider veins are delicate and tend to develop in clusters. Both spider veins and reticular, or “feeder” veins deeper in the skin may cause discomfort.
Spider veins usually do not pose a health
threat. Although, they can cause aching
and discomfort, spider veins are primarily a
cosmetic problem. Spider veins usually take
on one of three basic patterns:
- Tiny branch like shape
(common on inner knee)
- True spider shape
- Sunburst pattern
(common on outer thigh)
Common questions about spider veins:
Women develop spider veins 4 times more frequently than men. In fact, about 70 percent of adult women are afflicted with spider veins at some time in their lives.
Spider vein treatment is considered a cosmetic procedure by Medicare and most insurance companies, and therefore is not a "covered benefit".
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