DEAR DOCTOR K: I have developed many small, thin veins on my legs. I would like to get rid of them. What is the most effective treatment?
DEAR READER: Superficial leg veins, sometimes called "spider veins," occur when tiny veins appear just below the surface of the skin, causing red, blue or purple discolorations. Spider veins get their name from the shape of the discolorations. Some cases of spider veins can be quite small; others are more noticeable. They may make you feel self-conscious, but they are harmless. (I've put an illustration of spider veins on my website, AskDoctorK.com.)