Small red veins that are visible just below the surface of the skin are called spider veins. They mainly appear on the legs. These reddish branches in the upper layer of the skin are usually harmless. They are neither a disease nor do they cause discomfort, but they do affect the appearance of the skin. For this reason, they are often perceived as annoying. That is why many of those affected decide to have them removed. Various methods can be used for this purpose.
They can generally appear on all parts of the body, but usually first on the inner sides of the lower legs, as well as on the thighs and the edges of the feet. They can result from a congenital weakness of the connective tissue. However, they can also indicate a vein disorder or occur as a result of severe weight loss.
Spider veins can be a precursor of varicose veins. In fact, they are a type of mini varicose veins. Spider veins are found in a good 60% of all women and men between the ages of 20 and 29. This was the result of a study at the dermatological university clinic in Bonn. One in five in this age group already has varicose veins.
They are mainly an aesthetic problem. There are hardly any known cases of them causing pain. However, newly appearing spider veins should be examined by a doctor in any case.
Varicose veins may have already formed in deeper areas. In this case, appropriate measures must be taken, such as more exercise and, in some cases, wearing special support stockings.