Spider Veins

Many of our patients come to Metro Vein Centers seeking relief from unwanted spider veins. The good news is they’re highly treatable, and our team of board-certified vein doctors is ready to help you feel your best.

What are Spider Veins?

Spider veins are clusters of red, purple, or blue veins visible just below the surface of the skin. They are typically found on the thighs, ankles, and calves, and are more commonly seen in women than in men. In some cases spider veins are only a cosmetic concern, but they may also be an early sign of underlying vein disease that can progress to additional symptoms over time.


  • What Causes Spider Veins?

    Pressure on the veins tends to be the main cause of visible spider veins. This causes valves inside the veins to weaken, and blood can flow backward, away from the heart. A buildup of blood in the vein can start spreading out after a while, showing up as spider veins.

    While some spider veins are only cosmetic, they can be a sign of an underlying medical condition called venous insufficiency that requires medical treatment to fully resolve. Even if there are no symptoms present, venous insufficiency is a progressive disease and should be evaluated by a board-certified vein specialist to determine if treatment is recommended.

  • What is the difference between spider veins and varicose veins?

    Spider veins and varicose veins are slightly different conditions. They both appear in the legs due to damaged or weakened valves in the veins, but they cause different symptoms.

    Spider veins tend to be thin, small lines that are slightly raised or are flat against the skin. They are typically purple, red, or blue and don't usually cause much pain or discomfort. Varicose veins are much deeper and larger. They have a twisted or lumpy appearance and are usually red or flesh colored.

    Varicose veins often cause discomfort such as pain, itching, swelling in the ankles or legs, bleeding, or a heavy or achy feeling in the legs. They also tend to increase a person's risk of blood clots and circulation problems.

  • Are spider veins harmful?

    Spider veins are not typically harmful to your health, nor do they point to an underlying circulation problem. However, some cases may be a sign of an underlying medical condition called chronic venous insufficiency that can lead to further complications down the road. Our highly skilled vein doctors can help determine if your spider veins are a sign of vein disease.

  • Are spider veins painful?

    Thankfully, around 80% of people who experience spider veins have no pain or symptoms. Others may experience heaviness, aching, or burning and itching. If you have symptoms like these from spider veins, our team of vein specialists can do an examination to see if you have any further underlying complications.

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