What are Spider Veins?
Spider veins are dilated capillary veins usually less than 2mm in diameter. They are small blood vessels, in red to blue shades and lie very close to the surface of the skin. They usually form lines or web-like patterns. Spider veins are not harmful but are simply unsightly. In some cases, they can be a sign of a more serious vein reflux problem.
Spider Veins and Age
It is estimated that more than 40 percent of women have some form of varicose vein condition including spider veins. The numbers increase as one ages, with up to 80 percent showing some signs of spider veins by the time they reach 80 years old. Although they affect slightly more women than men, spider veins are unsightly for any anyone.