Spider veins are tiny blood vessels – capillaries - that appear purplish, dark red or bluish and are visible through the surface of the skin. Although they may not bulge like their larger “cousins,” varicose veins, they still require prompt evaluation and treatment, not just for aesthetic reasons but to maintain overall vascular health and wellness as well. They derive their name from the “spider” or web-like appearance they cause.
Spider veins develop when the capillaries stop functioning properly, resulting in a backflow and buildup of blood. Much weaker than healthy veins, spider veins often burst, resulting in bruising and stinging sensations. They can occur for man reasons, including age, genetics, prolonged periods of standing or sitting, weight gain, sun exposure, smoking, alcohol consumption and hormones.
Aside from their unattractive appearance, spider veins often cause sensations like burning or itching which can become more pronounced after a long period of standing. Spider veins can also be an indication of a more serious underlying vascular condition that may have its own symptoms, including numbness or a sensation of coolness in the affected area.
Spider veins can be treated very safely and effectively using a technique called sclerotherapy. During sclerotherapy treatment, a special solution is injected into the affected vessels, irritating the inner lining of the vessel and causing it to close off to the flow of blood.
Yes, sclerotherapy is considered the “gold standard” for the treatment of spider veins. It's been used for decades to help men and women get rid of veins and resolve symptoms.
After treatment, you may need to wear compression hose or special compression bandages to aid in healing. Most vessels disappear within a few weeks of treatment.
Please keep in mind some insurances require referrals.