Spider Veins

Spider veins are groups of thin capillaries (small blood vessels) located close to the surface of your skin. Spider veins mostly show up on your legs and face; on your legs, they often surround varicose veins. Though not a serious medical problem, spider veins are a cosmetic concern for many people.

Overview and Symptoms

Overview and Symptoms

Usually seen in a web or tree branch pattern, spider veins, like varicose veins, can develop when the valves of your veins become weakened or damaged.

Spider veins can sometimes cause aching and itching, but are not considered a serious medical issue.


Sclerotherapy is often used to treat spider veins. Sclerotherapy is a non-surgical treatment in which a chemical solution is injected into the spider veins, forcing them to collapse.