Thread Veins or Spider Veins

What are Thread Veins

Thread veins, spider veins or broken capillaries are small, damaged capillaries that are situated close to the surface of the skin. The medical term used is telangiectasia. Often, they are red or blue in colour and take on the appearance of tree branches or spider webs with their short, jagged lines. They can be found on the face and legs and can cover either a very small or very large area of skin. Thread veins are like varicose veins, but smaller in size and are often caused by faulty valves inside larger and deeper veins that are no longer able to move blood back to the heart as efficiently.  

Causes of Thread Veins 

There are a number of possible causes of thread veins, including: 

1. Age

Thread veins tend to develop as we get older, as our skin and blood vessels become more elastic

  • Heredity: If one of your parents or siblings has thread veins,
    you have an increased chance of developing thread veins yourself.
  • Occupations that involve prolonged periods of
    standing. This places additional pressure on lower leg veins.
  • Hormonal changes common during puberty, pregnancy and menopause.
  • Sun damage or other types of trauma or injury to the skin.

2. Obesity 

  • Prior varicose vein treatment