Spider veins are small vessels visible on the surface of the skin. They appear as thin red, purple or dark blue lines (less than 1 millimeter in diameter). They usually appear in clusters, and their thin, long appearance look like spider legs! The next size up from spider veins is reticular veins. By definition, these are 1-3 mm in diameter (about 1/8 inch). They are blue or green in appearance. Varicose veins are the largest skin surface veins, being greater than 3 mm in diameter. They are raised, bulging veins. The exact definition of which type of veins you see is not too important, your vein specialist will know and guide you to the correct treatment. It is important to seek out a fully trained vein expert (phlebologist) who has the full complement of treatment modalities.

Spider Veins