Spider veins are formed by the dilatation of a small group of blood vessels close to the skin surface. Commonly found on the face and legs they are not a health hazard but may cause dull aching in the legs after prolonged standing or towards the end of the day. If such symptoms occur it may be an indicator of more severe underlying venous disease
Slightly more common in women. May be associated with coexisting varicose veins. May cause fatigue, night cramps, leg swelling or itching
Exact cause is unknown. Contributing factors may be
Veins which look thin and thread like are more likely to respond to laser treatment. In case of a doubt whether spider or varicose a venous Doppler study will confirm the varicose nature. Varicose veins can be treated by laser too but the procedure is different.
Application of numbing cream 1-2 hours before the procedure makes it very comfortable
Small veins will disappear in a week. A little larger ones will take approximately 2-3 weeks