Superficial leg veins, also called, spider veins, telangiectasia, or star burst blemishes, are dilated, small surface vessels. They are pink, red, or purple and can occur on ankles, lower legs, or thighs as lines or clusters. The cause of these vessels is unknown, but they are more common in women. A hereditary tendency is probably one of the most significant factors. Pregnancy, hormone replacement therapy, oral contraceptives, obesity, trauma and long periods of standing or sitting may cause vessels to appear or become more prominent. Exercise, weight loss, and support hose may help limit the number of new vessels, but will not prevent the development of new vessels.
Several of the DMG Aesthetics physicians provide minimally invasive vein treatments including scleotherapy and laser treatments to reduce the appearance of unwanted spider veins. Surgical and interventional treatment of varicose veins or other venous diseases are handled by the vascular surgeons of DuPage Medical Group.