Small red veins visible just below the skin surface are called spider veins. They occur mainly on the legs. These reddish ramifications in the upper skin layer are usually harmless. They are neither a disease nor cause discomfort. However, they affect the appearance of the skin and are therefore often perceived as disturbing. Therefore, many sufferers make the decision to have their spider veins eliminated. Various methods can be used for this.
Spider veins can generally occur anywhere on the body, but usually first on the inner sides of the lower legs, on the thighs and at the foot rests. They may be caused by congenital connective tissue weakness, but may also indicate venous disease or as a result of severe weight loss.
Spider veins can be a precursor of varicose veins - in fact they are a kind of mini varicose veins. Spider veins are found in just over 60% of all women and men between the ages of 20 and 29 years. This has resulted in a study at the dermatological university hospital Bonn. Every fifth in this age group already has varicose veins. Spider veins and varicose veins, contrary to popular belief, affect both men and women.
Spider veins are above all an aesthetic problem. There are hardly any cases of spider veins that experience pain. However, new spider veins should always be examined by a doctor. It may have already formed in deeper areas of varicose veins. In this case, appropriate measures must be taken, such. B. more exercise, in some cases, the wearing of special support stockings
The investigation of spider veins or varicose veins is performed with an ultrasound machine. The treatment of spider veins in the face and other uncovered skin or bleeding may also be medically necessary and will be taken over in these cases by the health insurance.
The treatment takes place, for example, by obliteration of the corresponding main vein or by laser treatment. Here we recommend 2-3 treatments to get a good result.