Veins – Legs

Veins - Legs

Heredity accounts for 80% of people who develop spider veins. – AAD


Spider veins, also known as reticular veins or roadmap veins, are very tiny superficial blood vessels that increase in size over time and commonly occur on the legs. Spider veins are inherited, and may represent a more serious underlying abnormal vein circulation problem. Standing for long periods of time and standing on hard surfaces such as cement will often exacerbate a preexisting condition.

Spider veins always become more abundant and more unsightly if not corrected. The progestin hormone in women during pregnancy and menses tends to weaken veins and cause them to show in the skin more frequently than in men.  Leg veins are genetic and found on approximately 70% of females and 40% of males.