Do varicose veins and spider veins usually appear in the legs?

Yes. Spider and varicose veins are extremely common in the legs. Varicose veins are not uncommon in the groin/pelvis, but would be rare elsewhere. Spider veins are commonly found on the face, and can be seen on the trunk as well.
Leg Veins. Yes, varicose veins and spider veins are definitely most common on the legs. This is due to the higher pressure in the legs due to gravity as well as the gentic predisposition for vein valve failure in the legs. It is not uncommon to see spider veins on the face. Certain diseases such a cirrhosis, portal hypertension, or clots can lead to varicose veins in unusual locations such as the abdomen.
Yes! Yes, both spider vein and varicose veins usually are noted in the legs although spider veins can be found in many locations.
Yes. Although you can get varicose and spider veins virtually anywhere in the body, the effects of gravity on veins in the legs makes it far more likely that you will develop vein trouble in your legs than anywhere else.

Related Questions

How could you have venous insufficiency in both legs/thighs when there is no discoloration no swelling no varicose veins no ulcers only spider veins?

Symptom. Spider veins are skin varicose veins. These are always present but not seen until the pressure in the veins cause them to dilate or enlarge. The increase in pressure is caused by venous insufficiency. This can be a sign of deep vein insufficiency, which is evaluated by a venous doppler study with a reflux examination. Read more...
Terminology. It's unclear why you may have been told you have venous insufficiency. True "chronic venous insufficiency" implies some of the following: leg swelling, discoloration, eczema to hardening of the skin of the lower leg , and/or a leg ulcer, all because of veins with poor valve function leading to increased pressure in your veins. One can have spider veins without "chronic venous insufficiency. Read more...
Insufficient diagnos. You may have been told, based on duplex ultrasound findings, that showed retrograde reflux in the saphenous veins, that you had venous insufficiency. While technically right, you have not yet developed the sequelae (symptoms ; signs) yet that make the diagnosis clinically relevant and treatable. At this stage, weight loss may help you the most. Read more...

Vericose veins /spider veins on ankles feet and legs. Seem to have came on quickly. Can this be heart related?

No it is not. spider vein are relate to varicose vein, which caused by a valve problem in the vein, not heart problem. because vein problem can cause edema in the leg, and some heart problem can cause edema sometime people can confuse the similarity with cause effect issue. spider vein could be treated by injection like sclerotherapy, or laser therapy. same time controlling the varicose vein is important. Read more...

Vascular #: Can spider veins just below the knee, without swelling, have mild soreness from time to time or is it usually a varicose vein symtom?

Spider veins as. seen in younger people will not have any symptoms , procedures done for cosmetic purposes , how ever older group will have associated vascular diseases that cause symptoms like yours ( both venous & arterial ) , need evaluation and treatments , get your self checked by your doctor for such possibility. Read more...
Yes. Likely just the spider vein cluster causing symptoms, which is fairly common. There sometime is a small feeding vein beneath the spider vein cluster that is also defective (reticular or spider vein) & that could also increase symptoms. If symptoms become more severe or more frequent or if the cluster of vein significantly enlarges, then more likely an underlying varicose vein. See vascular MD. Read more...
Spider vein pain. Spider veins do not cause pain but over the years I have seen many patients complain of aching and pressure from spider veins.If spider veins are the result of underlying saphenous vein reflux (malfunctioning valves) then the spider vein discomfort may be due to the increased venous pressure from the refluxing valves. See a vein specialist for a full venous evaluation including a vein ultrasound. Read more...

I do not want a spider vein on my leg to be misdiagnosed as a varicose vein needing ablation. Are spiders often confusing to diagnose visually?

Different animals. I love teaching my kids while hiking. At one point my youngest told me "it's just a bird". Despite my explanation otherwise they were all the same to him. You should find someone who treats veins; someone who likes to treat veins. Someone who knows the different types. "spider veins" is a generic term that can encompass a large variety of vein types. These are very different from varicose veins. Read more...
Very different. Spider veins and varicose veins are very different and very easy to distinguish and diagnose. Spider veins get their name because they look like spider legs whereas varicose veins are large, protruding and grape-like in appearance. Any vein specialist or vascular surgeon will easily distinguish them. Read more...
No. Any vein specialist can help you distinguish between the two. An ultrasound may be suggested as certain spider veins may reflect deeper disease. Check miamibeachvein.Com to learn more. Check phlebology.Org for a referral. Read more...

Vascular surgery: How likely is it that spider veins on legs can become varicose veins if not treated with sclerotherapy or laser?

Unlikely. Chances are small. you may develop varicise veins in other locations. Spider veins tend to be hereditary. varicose veins are usually due to reflux. they can be present together but one does not necessarily lead to the other. Read more...
Not Going to Happen. Spider veins & varicose veins are 2 very different conditions. Spider veins are very small dermal veins. They can enlarge & increase in number, but they never become varicose. Spider veins are cosmetic only. Varicose veins also become larger & more numerous with time & are more serious. Varicose veins can increase the tendency to form more severe spider veins, as they increase skin pressure. Read more...
Unlikely. True varicose veins (elongated tortuous superficial veins that bulge out) are frequently found side by side with spider veins but spider veins seldom become varicose veins whether treated or not. Read more...