Small red Spider veins, which are visible directly under 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 do they cause any complaints. However, they do affect the appearance of the skin. And are therefore often perceived as disturbing. This is why many affected people decide to have them removed. Various methods can be used to do this.
They can generally occur in 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 be caused by a congenital weakness of the connective tissue. However, they can also indicate a venous disorder or occur as a result of severe weight loss.
Spider veins can be a preliminary stage of varicose veins. In fact they are a kind of mini varicose veins. Spider veins are found in a good 60% of all women and men between 20 and 29 years of age. This is the result of a study at the dermatological university clinic in Bonn. Every fifth person in this age group already has varicose veins. Contrary to frequent opinion, they affect men as well as women.
They are primarily an aesthetic problem. There are hardly any known cases of them where pain occurs. However, newly occurring spider veins should always be examined by a doctor. Varicose veins may already have formed in deeper areas. In this case, appropriate measures must be taken, such as more exercise and in some cases wearing special support stockings.
The examination is carried out with an ultrasound machine. Treatment of the face and other uncovered areas of skin or bleeding may also be medically necessary. And in these cases it is covered by the health insurance.
The treatment is carried out, for example, by obliterating the corresponding main vein or by laser treatment. Here we recommend 2 to 3 treatments.