What are Varicose and Spider Veins?
Varicose veins are veins that have become enlarged and twisted. They can appear raised above the skin (generally classified as large and medium varicose veins) and generally appear in the leg.
Spider veins are small, dilated blood vessels that appear near the surface of the skin, and are sometimes referred to by their technical name of telangiectasias.
Varicose and spider veins affect over 50% of the population. Due to hormonal factors, it is three times more common among women than men. Varicose veins are mostly caused by heredity, but can also be brought on by pregnancy, aging, and working in a prolonged standing position.