Spider Veins are tiny dilated veins near the surface of the skin. They are either red or blue and somewhat resemble a spider web (hence the name) or small tree branches. Usually on the leg and ankle, they are also seen on the face. Spider veins are a close cousin to varicose veins, but appear smaller and closer to the surface of the skin. These veins often look like spider webs or tree branches.
Excessive sun, aggressive treatment of the skin and high alcohol intake can affect the number and severity of facial veins. Pregnancy, hormone-containing medications, and hormonal fluctuations may stimulate the appearance of spider veins, making them more common in women. There is also some genetic factor involved for some who have family incidence of vein problems.
Dr. Tanne treats unwanted spider veins or leg veins with lasers and sclerotherapy. The treatment is individualized to each patient.