Millions of women ( and men ) have apparent veins , they are small, annoying and unsightly clusters of red, blue or purple thread veins seen most commonly on the thighs, calves and ankles. In fact, it’s estimated that at least half of the adult female population is plagued with this common cosmetic problem.
Spider veins – known in the medical world as telangiectasia's are small, thin veins that lie close to the surface of the skin. Although these super-fine veins are connected with the larger venous system, they are not an essential part of it.
A number of factors contribute to the development of apparent veins, including heredity, pregnancy and other events that cause hormonal shifts, weight gain, occupations or activities that require prolonged sitting or standing, and the use of certain medications.
Apparent veins usually take on one of three basic patterns. They may appear in a true apparent shape with a group of veins radiating outward from a dark central point; they may be arborizing and will resemble tiny branch-like shapes; or they may be simple linear and appear as thin separate lines. Linear apparent veins are commonly seen on the inner knee, whereas the arborizing pattern often appears on the outer thigh in a sunburst or cartwheel distribution. According to size and site of the vets this could be treated by laser or injectables.