Spider Veins

Spider Veins

Treatment Options for Spider Veins

Spider veins are a common unwanted issue for many patients. The medical term for spider veins is telangiectasias. Spider veins can be multiple colors, red, purple or blue are the most common.


Causes of Spider Veins


Spider veins are superficial small bands of pooled blood vessels (veins) located just under the skin. Most often spider veins do not outwardly bulge.  Spider veins alone is not necessarily a condition that a requires medical attention. There is a strong hereditary component that contributes to the formation of spider veins. Spider veins, however, can be an indication of a deeper issue of chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). Chronic venous insufficiency of the lower extremities is a term for a vein disorder that causes blood to flow backwards and pool in the legs. If a deeper issue such as CVI is identified, treatment of CVI via ablation or removal will often help prevent or delay additional spider veins from forming. At Precision, our experts will be able to help assess and detect CVI with a thorough physical exam and duplex ultrasound.

Symptoms of Spider Veins

Spider veins often are unsightly and a cosmetic nuisance. Spider veins usually do not cause pain, swell or bulge. They can occasionally itch and burn. If you have spider veins or notice an increasing number of spider veins, and are experiencing other feelings of discomfort (tiredness, heaviness, achiness) or pain, this may be a sign of an underlying chronic venous insufficiency of the legs.

Factors That Contribute to Spider Veins

Hereditary factors play a big role in who develops spider veins. Statistically spider veins occur most frequently in women and individuals that have occupations that require them to stand or sit for long periods of time. In general, any condition that puts added pressure on the circulatory system increases the chance of spider vein formation.

The most common factors are:

  • Occupation/Lifestyle
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Sun Exposure
  • Trauma/injury
  • Heredity factors
  • Older age
  • Hormones
  • Overweight Condition

What are My Treatment Options for Spider Veins?

Sclerotherapy is the most common treatment of spider veins. The treatment session takes around 20-45 minutes and is an office based procedure that is performed in the comfort and convenience of Precision.  Usually, 2-3 sessions are necessary, depending on the severity and number of spider veins.  Noticeable results are usually achieved 6-8 weeks after treatment.  Sclerotherapy is very safe and patients can return to normal activity immediately after treatment.

If you feel you have spider veins that need treatment, the experts at Precision will evaluate your veins and tailor a treatment plan which will help you get the best results. This may involve initially ruling out a deeper issue with a duplex ultrasound.

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Myths About Varicose Veins And Spider Veins

MYTH: Varicose Veins Are Not A Result Of Prolonge Standing Or Sitting
MYTH: Crossing Legs Often Contributes To Varicose Veins And Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI)
MYTH: Spider Veins Are The Same Thing As Varicose Viens
MYTH: Men Are Not At Risk For Developing Varicose Veins And CVI
MYTH: Varicose Veins Are A Cosmetic Issue And Don’t Need To Be Treated
MYTH: Genetics And Age Do Not Factor Into The Development Of Varicose Veins And CVI
MYTH: Varicose Veins And CVI Treatment Are Just Too Expensive To Consider