Spider Veins

What Causes Spider Veins?

Spider veins (telangiectasia) is a condition similar to varicose veins but smaller and located near the skin’s surface. They usually appear as bluish-red, threadlike veins.  They’re called spider veins because they often look like spider webs.

Many people suffer from both spider veins and larger varicose veins. In fact, spider veins may signal more serious underlying vein conditions. Spider veins typically do not cause discomfort, but larger veins associated with them may be painful. Patients may come to us for treatment for spider veins either for cosmetic reasons or to alleviate discomfort.

Spider veins may appear in different places on the body, but they commonly occur on the face and on the legs.

Spider Vein Treatment

Because they are often close to the surface of the skin, spider veins can be effectively treated using sclerotherapy.  A solution is injected into the vein that causes it to collapse.  The body then heals itself by re-routing blood flow and the old vein disappears.

If spider veins are in the legs, the doctor will examine the patient to see if they are being caused by other, deeper varicose veins. Our Duplex Ultrasound technology can help the doctor see other issues without invasive techniques, which helps determine if any additional treatment is necessary.

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