What are reticular veins?
Reticular veins are visible veins that appear just below the top layer of your skin. However, these veins rarely protrude from the skin. In most cases, reticular veins are about 2 mm in diameter, and it may take some time before you can notice them.
Since all veins carry oxygen-deficient blood, reticular veins may appear blue or purple. While they can appear in any part of the body, reticular veins commonly form on the inner thighs. Other places where these veins may develop include the ankles, at the back of your knees, and the general backside of the leg.
As mentioned above, reticular veins are not always easily discernible as spider veins or varicose veins. Moreover, they may appear without any accompanying symptoms. In these cases, they only cause a cosmetic concern to the affected person. People seek treatment from reticular veins as they feel uncomfortable having their legs exposed while wearing short garments like skirts, bathing suits, and shorts.