spider & reticular veins

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Often covering the legs and even face, these damaged veins are similar to varicose veins, only smaller.  They can be red or blue in color and appearing like thin spider webs or branches.  These veins are closer to the skin surface and can spread over a range of areas on the skin; however, unlike varicose veins, spider veins are typically not raised above the skin's surface.  Spider veins can be treated with sclerotherapy (injections) or laser treatment.  Though spider veins may be associated with varicose veins or CVI, the issue is seen as cosmetic and treatment is elective.