Are the green veins that I have throughout my body normal?

I have a lot of green veins on my legs, calves, even my arms and other parts of my body. Are those on my legs reticular veins, or could they be normal veins? They are very obvious. I never had them until my pregnancy last year. I have delivered 1 year ago.

ANSWERS FROM DOCTORS (12)


Answered by Tulane Heart & Vascular Institute

It can take up to 3 months to see fading.

Published on Apr 27, 2014

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Answered by Tulane Heart & Vascular Institute

It can take up to 3 months to see fading.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by The Sheen Vein Institute

Typically, any vein that you see randomly criss-crossing the legs are abnormal veins. That being said, for the vast majority of patients, any veins that you see on the larges are normally abnormal and contribute to many symptoms. Very rarely are they ever normal like in the arms.

Published on Sep 27, 2013

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Answered by The Sheen Vein Institute

Typically, any vein that you see randomly criss-crossing the legs are abnormal veins. That being said, for the vast majority of patients, any veins that you see on the larges are normally abnormal and contribute to many symptoms. Very rarely are they ever normal like in the arms.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Intermountain Vein Center

They are probably reticular veins, especially since they didn't appear until your pregnancy. They can be treated with sclerotherapy if necessary.

Published on Sep 17, 2013

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Answered by Intermountain Vein Center

They are probably reticular veins, especially since they didn't appear until your pregnancy. They can be treated with sclerotherapy if necessary.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Aluna Vein Centers

Depending on the size, reflux and position, the veins could be normal or abnormal. Please consult with a board-certified vein doctor.

Published on Sep 13, 2013

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Answered by Aluna Vein Centers

Depending on the size, reflux and position, the veins could be normal or abnormal. Please consult with a board-certified vein doctor.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Cosmetic Vein Centers of Texas

All the veins in your body dilate with pregnancy. No treatment is needed.

Published on Sep 09, 2013

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Answered by Cosmetic Vein Centers of Texas

All the veins in your body dilate with pregnancy. No treatment is needed.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Vein Center of Orange County

Reticular veins are usually normal everywhere EXCEPT ON THE LEGS. When they appear on the legs, they may still be normal if there are no associated spider veins. However, if there are spider veins along with the
reticular veins, the reticular veins are most probably not normal and are part of the problem. See a board-certified vein specialist for a thorough evaluation and ultrasound.

Published on Sep 04, 2013

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Answered by Vein Center of Orange County

Reticular veins are usually normal everywhere EXCEPT ON THE LEGS. When they appear on the legs, they may still be normal if there are no associated spider veins. However, if there are spider veins along with the
reticular veins, the reticular veins are most probably not normal and are part of the problem. See a board-certified vein specialist for a thorough evaluation and ultrasound.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Laser Vein Center

They may be normal. Veins can be very visible in fair skin or thin individuals, and this is normal. Normal reticular veins are straight and generally less than half an inch in diameter. If they are bulging or twisted they are likely varicose or abnormal and might need to be treated. I hope this helps.

Published on Sep 04, 2013

Answered by Laser Vein Center (View Profile)

They may be normal. Veins can be very visible in fair skin or thin individuals, and this is normal. Normal reticular veins are straight and generally less than half an inch in diameter. If they are bulging or twisted they are likely varicose or abnormal and might need to be treated. I hope this helps.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Vein Specialties of St. Louis

They sound like they are reticular veins, which are probably normal veins throughout your body. They can become larger and more noticeable after pregnancy, especially in the legs. Pregnancy hormones cause dilation of the veins, which may go back to normal after the first pregnancy but not always after subsequent pregnancies. The fact that you state you can see these veins in all areas of the body can be quite normal. In some people the skin is translucent and with the veins below the surface, they are more obvious. I would advise wearing a compression hose if you are on your feet a lot or planning further pregnancies. This may slow down the process in your legs. These are not your grandmother's stockings and can be quite stylish, especially in cooler weather.

Published on Sep 04, 2013

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Answered by Vein Specialties of St. Louis

They sound like they are reticular veins, which are probably normal veins throughout your body. They can become larger and more noticeable after pregnancy, especially in the legs. Pregnancy hormones cause dilation of the veins, which may go back to normal after the first pregnancy but not always after subsequent pregnancies. The fact that you state you can see these veins in all areas of the body can be quite normal. In some people the skin is translucent and with the veins below the surface, they are more obvious. I would advise wearing a compression hose if you are on your feet a lot or planning further pregnancies. This may slow down the process in your legs. These are not your grandmother's stockings and can be quite stylish, especially in cooler weather.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Bella MD Laser Vein and Aesthetic Center

Sounds pretty normal, but I could only tell you for certain after an exam. If you are concerned about them, contact a board-certified vein specialist in your area and schedule an appointment for a full evaluation and ultrasound.

Published on Sep 03, 2013

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Answered by Bella MD Laser Vein and Aesthetic Center

Sounds pretty normal, but I could only tell you for certain after an exam. If you are concerned about them, contact a board-certified vein specialist in your area and schedule an appointment for a full evaluation and ultrasound.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Vanish Vein and Laser Center

Reticular veins are blue or green veins, which are larger than spider veins. Reticular veins are usually greater than 2 mm. Many people have reticular veins and it does not mean that they are abnormal; particularly in thin people they are easy to see. The fact that they increased during pregnancy would certainly suggest that there may be underlying venous reflux. You should see a vein specialist for an evaluation.

Published on Sep 03, 2013

Answered by Vanish Vein and Laser Center (View Profile)

Reticular veins are blue or green veins, which are larger than spider veins. Reticular veins are usually greater than 2 mm. Many people have reticular veins and it does not mean that they are abnormal; particularly in thin people they are easy to see. The fact that they increased during pregnancy would certainly suggest that there may be underlying venous reflux. You should see a vein specialist for an evaluation.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Arizona Vein Specialists

Whether they are normal or not should be determined by a vein specialist. Just being visible is not the criteria.

Published on Sep 03, 2013

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Answered by Arizona Vein Specialists

Whether they are normal or not should be determined by a vein specialist. Just being visible is not the criteria.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by General Vascular Surgery Group

See your vein MD. They could be either type of vein depending on the location and size.

Published on Sep 03, 2013

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Answered by General Vascular Surgery Group

See your vein MD. They could be either type of vein depending on the location and size.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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