Can You Safely Remove Spider Veins? Our Vein Expert Weighs In

by | Jun 4, 2021 | Spider Veins | 0 comments

When it comes to getting rid of spider veins, it’s always worth researching your options because not all treatments are created equal. While many people know that it’s possible to get rid of spider veins, is treatment safe? We asked our vascular expert to weigh in.

Is spider vein treatment safe?

“Yes, in general, spider vein treatments are absolutely safe, as long as you choose the right treatment and practitioner,” board-certified thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon, Dr. Lawrence J. Markovitz says.

“We offer two preferred treatment options that are both minimally invasive and safe ways to get rid of the smaller blue, red, or purplish veins. These options, which are used under different circumstances, include sclerotherapy and VeinGogh Ohmic Thermolysis. Both treatment options are considered safe when performed by an experienced spider vein expert.”

According to the Mayo Clinic, sclerotherapy is the treatment of choice for spider veins. Dr. Markovitz concurs with this opinion and reminds patients that experience level matters when choosing a sclerotherapist. For example, his staff includes highly skilled technicians that set his practice apart from the rest.

Nevertheless, as with any procedure, there are rare side effects to be aware of.

“If undergoing sclerotherapy for spider veins, it is possible to experience temporary bruising, redness or darkened skin. Extraordinarily rare are blood clots, air bubbles or an allergic reaction,” says Dr. Markovitz. The issue of “staining,” a semi-permanent darkening of the skin, can be largely avoided by treating underlying severe venous insufficiency.

“When it comes to the VeinGogh treatment, a procedure we use to treat fine and unsightly veins of the face, the patient might experience minor redness in the treated area that goes away after a few hours. Very uncommon side effects include bruising or swelling.”

So with two treatment options that are both minimally invasive, sclerotherapy for the legs and VeinGogh for the face, are there any spider vein treatments one should stay clear of?

Dr. Markovitz does not believe that either surface laser or intense pulsed light are preferred treatments for spider veins, and Virginia Vein Care does not offer either of those treatments. He also notes that surgery is not a treatment option for treating spider veins.

If you notice that you have small dark purple or blue veins on your legs or face, you probably have spider veins. While these smaller veins are mostly a cosmetic issue, they can also cause mild discomfort in some people. Additionally, spider veins in the legs may be a sign of venous insufficiency, a more serious but easily treatable condition.

Think you have spider veins? To be cautious, always work with an experienced board-certified venous specialist. For example, Dr. Markovitz has over 28 years of clinical experience. He is recognized as one of D.C.’s best surgeons, and in 2020, he was named a top vascular surgeon.

The best way to find out if you have spider legs is to schedule an appointment with a vascular expert.