What are they? The technical term for spider veins is telangiectasias. They are small, dilated veins less than 1mm in diameter, occurring near the skin surface, that may be red or purple in color, with the face and legs being the two most common locations. Spider veins can occur anywhere, and they usually do not mean that you have a more serious vein issue, but if they develop predominantly along the inside of the legs, or inside the ankles( a sign called corona phlebectatica), they can indicate a problem with valves inside of the leg, which warrant more investigation, usually with ultrasound. Reticular veins are the slightly larger, slightly deeper, blue veins that feed into the spider veins. They are smaller and straighter than varicose veins and run under the skin surface, rather than sticking out. They are treated in similar fashion to spider veins.
How are they treated?
TDL(transdermal laser) treatments feel like a small rubber band snapping against the skin. The area will be a little red for the remainder of the day, and larger reticular veins above 1mm in size may take up to several weeks to fade away completely. Repeat sessions may be necessary depending upon the baseline pressure of the treated veins and potential refill.