Also known as “feeder veins,” reticular veins are dilated veins that appear as blue or green lines under the skin, affecting as many as 80% of all adults. They are often large and unsightly and may sometimes lead to the development of spider veins. Some patients may experience tenderness, burning and itching in the legs, although these symptoms are considered rare.
Sclerotherapy, either as a pure liquid or as a CO2 foam, is most often injected as the best treatment for reticular veins. Other cases can be treated with a microphlebectomy, a minimally invasive alternative to sclerotherapy. Reticular veins should be treated before spider veins in order to prevent early recurrence of the spider veins.