Reticular or ‘spider’ veins describe blue or red colored lines under the skin that appear linear, jagged, or ‘spider’-like. They often form between the ages of 18 and 35, and they appear most prominently in the skin between the ages of 35 and 60. Occasionally, reticular veins are formed by larger varicose veins and can be an indicator of skin disease.
Types of Reticular Veins
There are three types of reticular veins: ‘Linear’, ‘Starburst’ and ‘Arborizing’. ‘Linear’ veins appear to form a line of tiny blood vessels. ‘Starburst’ veins have a center and radiate outward, appearing to form a spider’s web. And finally, ‘Arborizing’ veins have a tree-like, branching appearance.
What Causes Reticular Veins?
A number of factors contribute to the development of reticular veins. For example, standing too much can cause ‘spider’ veins to form — hence why they are common in nurses, teachers, and factory workers. Sun exposure can also cause reticular veins to form on the nose or cheeks of fair-skinned people. Internal factors can also help contribute; for example, genes, hormonal changes, a history of blood clots, obesity, and birth control pills can all result in the formation of spider veins.
Unless they are part of a varicose vein, reticular veins have no serious consequences. However, their appearance on the skin can cause embarrassment and may result in aching, cramping, swelling, and fatigue.
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Total Vein Treatment Center uses cutting-edge medical technology to safely and painlessly remove reticular veins. Dr. Jerome Naifeh and his staff invest time with each patient and form personal relationships to ensure the ideal solution in every case. If you have reticular or spider vein you’d like to have removed, or have any further questions regarding our services, please schedule an appointment with us.