Types of varicose veins:
- Venous lakes. Venous lakes manifest as dark blue-to-violaceous compressible papules caused by dilation of venules. Venous lakes have been reported only in adults and usually occur in patients older than 50 years. Venous lakes are often found on the face and neck.
- Reticular veins or feeder veins. Reticular veins, which are smaller bluish veins just visible under the skin, and larger spider veins are treated with sclerotherapy. Reticular veins are larger than spider veins and they are the veins from which spider veins arise. They are incompetent veins but have not yet dilated and become serpentine (they are not yet varicose veins). Reticular veins most often appear behind the knee. These type of veins appear as deep, dark blue veins that crisscross your thighs or the backs of your legs.
- Telangiectases. Clusters of enlarged blood vessels close to the skin’s surface that may appear on the skin of the face, hands, body and limbs. These are fine clusters of blood vessels similar to spider veins, reddish in color and often found on the face or upper body. Telangiectasia are dilated superficial blood vessels.
- Spider veins are much smaller than typical varicose veins and are usually red or blue. These veins appear like a spider web just under the surface of your skin.
- Hemorrhoids are actually a type of varicose veins located in and around the anus. Especially pregnant women and people over the age of fifty are affected by hemorrhoids, which are swollen blood vessels around the anus.