Appearance of spider veins and how they are discovered

A woman with spider veins problem

Veins move deoxygenated blood from different parts of the body back to the heart. You don’t see them on your skin, but they do important work underneath it. In fact, if you do see certain veins, it is usually a problem. Spider veins are red or blue veins that appear pronounced under the skin, particularly the face, chest, hands, legs, and feet if the feeder vein valves malfunction. So, instead of the blood flowing back to the heart, it flows backward and finds its way to dead-end veins, creating the appearance of spider veins. The appearance of spider veins usually indicates an underlying venous issue.

Spider Veins Symptoms

Spider veins are thin, tiny, and threadlike that may appear red or blue. They are called “spider” veins because they appear like spider webs under the surface of the skin. They are differentiated from varicose veins, which are bigger, bulging, and branch-like veins. Although spider veins and varicose veins are different, spider veins can progress to varicose veins without treatment.

Many people think spider veins are a purely cosmetic issue. Because of this, they do not seek treatment for it. Spider veins are typically not painful, but they can cause some discomfort. For instance, people with spider veins who stand for long periods of time may feel aching in the area, especially if the spider veins are in the legs.

Spider veins are usually seen upon close inspection. You may notice them while looking at your reflection in the bathroom mirror or while getting dressed. When taking off your shoes, socks, or stockings at the end of the day, you may notice threadlike veins just under the surface of your skin. Spider veins are more obvious and easily seen under the light of the sun. Doctors can also bring spider veins to your attention during a physical examination.

Are You At Risk?

Both men and women can have venous disease, although women are more at risk of getting spider veins. If your grandparents or parents have spider or varicose veins, you are at greater risk of getting it. Being overweight, pregnant, or having a job that requires you to be on your feet for long periods of time can result in varicose veins, as well.

Fortunately, spider veins are easily treatable. Reasons for seeking spider treatment include the desire to improve cosmetic appearance, relief from discomfort, and prevent the worsening of the condition.

Spider Vein Treatment in Kansas City and Marshall, MO

When it comes to spider vein treatment, put your trust in the hands of a vein specialist, Dr. Scott Darling. Dr. Darling is a triple board-certified vein specialist and a diplomate of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine. Dr. Darling can treat the full spectrum of vein disease and restore your skin to its clear, smooth, and luminous state. We offer sclerotherapy and laser treatment for spider vein removal. To make an appointment with Dr. Darling, call our Kansas City vein clinic at (816) 792-3400, or use our online request form.