What do spider veins look like?


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Spider veins can look like the branches of a tree, a starburst pattern or individual thread-like streaks. They are web-like networks of blood vessels that appear on the feet or legs. Spider veins are caused by previously unseen veins near the surface of the skin becoming stretched out.

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What do spider veins look like?
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Although they are often harmless, spider veins may cause pain when sitting or standing for a long time. Their appearance can also be a cosmetic concern, and they can possibly appear on the chest, back, face or arms. Spider veins can be removed by laser surgery or by a procedure called sclerotherapy, in which a solution is injected into the vein to cause it to close.

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