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Spider Veins Overview

Spider Veins Overview

Spider veins are small veins that are visible through the skin and appear in a weblike pattern. These fine, dilated blood vessels typically appear close to the surface of the skin, resembling spider webs or tree branches. They may look blue, purple, or red and tend to appear on the legs, ankles, feet, face, and pelvic area. While there are usually no symptoms associated with spider veins, they can rarely cause some discomfort – especially after standing for extended periods.

Lifestyle changes, such as maintaining a healthy weight and an active lifestyle, can help prevent or improve spider veins. Elevating your feet when sitting or laying down and wearing compression stockings can also help.

Progression & Prognosis:

Their progression tends to be subtle at first, with tiny, thread-like veins gradually forming in clusters on the legs, face, or other parts of the body. Over time, these veins may increase in number and size, branching out further and becoming more noticeable.

Initially, spider veins might cause minimal symptoms beyond their appearance. However, as they progress, individuals may experience discomfort such as aching, itching, or burning sensations, particularly after prolonged periods of standing or sitting.

While spider veins are typically harmless, many seek treatment for cosmetic reasons or to alleviate symptoms. Various treatment options exist, including sclerotherapy, laser therapy, and vein stripping, each aiming to either close off or remove the affected veins.

Spider Veins Close Up

Risk Factors & Underlying Conditions

Factors such as age, pregnancy, prolonged standing or sitting, obesity, and sun exposure can exacerbate the development of spider veins. They may persist or recur, underscoring the importance of preventive measures such as maintaining a healthy weight, regular exercise, avoiding prolonged periods of standing or sitting, and wearing compression stockings when necessary. Early intervention and lifestyle modifications can help manage their progression effectively.


  • Redness in legs
  • Visible clusters of veins
  • Aching or throbbing, particularly after prolonged standing
  • Swelling in the legs, ankles or feet
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Fatigue or heaviness in the legs
  • Sensitivity or tenderness in the affected area
  • Increased risk of bleeding or bruising

Specialized clinics like VIC Vein Clinic offer comprehensive care and expertise for the most effective management of spider veins.

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Treatments for Spider Veins


Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive option for treating small varicose and spider veins. It involves injecting a sclerosing solution into the vein, causing it to scar and collapse. This reroutes blood flow to healthier veins, leading the treated vein to fade over time. The procedure requires minimal recovery.

High Ligation

High ligation is a surgical procedure that involves tying off a damaged vein to redirect blood flow, and vein stripping refers to the removal of the damaged vein. In cases of advanced venous disease, our vascular surgeons may recommend high ligation and vein stripping as an outpatient procedure at a regional hospital. This procedure requires general anesthesia and is less commonly performed than other minimally invasive options, but it does have a high success rate and is the best option in some individual cases. 

Other Treatments Include

  • Compression Stockings
  • Phlebotomy 


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