Spider veins are also known as thread veins because they tend to branch out and display a spidery kind of pattern. Thread veins are small but prominent veins just below the skin surface. They can occur anywhere on the body, but they are most often found on the legs and face. Thread veins on the legs are small–dilated and visible–blood vessels in the most superficial layer of the skin. These veins are common and estimated to affect approximately 80% of adults (both men and women) at some point in their lives. Other names for thread veins and spider veins include:
- Broken Veins
- Surface Veins
- Venous Flares
There are a few ways in which thread veins on the face are different from those on the legs. But the major difference is that thread veins on the face are higher up in the body than the heart, while those on the legs are below the position of the heart. Therefore, gravity makes it easier for thread veins on the face to allow blood to flow down to your heart. However, thread veins on the legs become visible because the collection of blood above them is open and filled when we stand or sit.
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