Spider veins (also called telangiectasias) are clusters of tiny blood vessels that develop close to the surface of the skin and are visible as red, blue, or purple lines. They are most commonly found on the legs.
Spider veins are very common, they occur in both women and men but develop more often in women.
Spider veins do not usually account for any symptoms in the legs but are considered cosmetically unsightly by many people. Left untreated spider veins may become enlarged and fragile and bleed.
Spider veins are usually hereditary and caused by hormonal changes such as pregnancy. They can occur as a result of trauma and they can occur either in the presence or absence of varicose veins.
Sclerotherapy is used to treat spider veins regardless of how they occurred but it will not prevent new spider veins occurring.
If you are wondering if sclerotherapy is suitable for you, we invite you to a free 15-minute consultation with the Practice Nurse.