What is a spider vein?


Spider veins (also known as thread veins) are small blood vessels in the dermis layer of the skin that have become enlarged and visible. Generally, the dermis is about 2-3 mm thick, so the deeper-seated the thread vein is in the skin, the less ‘livid’ it looks. However, as we age, our dermis becomes thinner and veins become more apparent. Spider veins are very common, affecting around 80% of male and female adults.

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