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Red, blue or purple spider veins are common. In fact, more than 50% of women have spider veins are common. They become even more common after age 80. 

What are spider veins? They’re damaged, visible blood vessels just beneath your skin’s surface. They may appear in clusters that resemble spider webs or tree branches. Spider veins can form anywhere, but they usually develop in your legs or face.

If blood relatives have spider veins, you have a higher risk of developing them. Many people get spider veins because they sit or stand for long periods of time. These veins also become more common with age and during pregnancy. Spider veins can also be caused by sunlight, hormonal changes or an injury.

The Treatment

Spider veins are typically harmless, but if you don’t like the way they look, The Art of Skin Dermatology offers a medical skincare treatment called sclerotherapy. This proven procedure has been in use since the 1930s and takes about 30 minutes. You can return to work and most activities the very next day.

  • A salt solution is injected directly into the vein
  • A compression sock is placed on the leg
  • The solution irritates the lining of the blood vessel, causing it to collapse and stick together. Over time (14 weeks), the vessel turns into scar tissue that fades from view

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