Spider veins are also known as Telangiectasias and they are masses of very small dilated blood vessels that form close to the surface of the skin. They commonly develop on the face and legs and are usually red, blue or purple. While similar to varicose veins, spider veins are tinier and form closer to the skin.
Who gets spider veins?
Older people above the age of 50 are at a higher risk of developing spider veins, with more women being diagnosed with them than men. As spider veins are caused by increased blood pressure in the veins, those who have to stand for extended periods of time are more susceptible to developing them.
Some other factors that contribute to a higher risk of developing spider veins include: