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Spider Veins


Spider veins are smaller, thread-like veins that occur near the surface of the skin and often appear on the legs or face. They can appear as red, purplish, or blue veins and often look like tree branches or spider webs with jagged edges that grow outward.


  • Small Veins that are dark purple or blue in color
  • Can appear on the legs, face, forearms, or hands
  • May cause mild discomfort
  • More of a cosmetic problem

Some estimate that over half of all adult females will develop spider veins.

Similar to Varicose Veins, spider veins can cover a small area and avoid notice, or they can cover a larder area and become unsightly. It is also possible that they may enlarge over time. Spider veins, or telangiectasias (tel-AN-juh-ek-TA-ze-uhs), are often related to (and may appear in combination with) varicose veins and can derive from the same underlying causes. They occur in the capillaries closest to the surface of the skin, which are fed by veins called reticular veins (also known as ‘feeder veins’).



Spider veins are very common. Certain risk factors can cause some people more likely to develop spider veins than others. They occur more frequently in women due to the shifting of hormones from pregnancy, birth control, or simply age. Genetic predisposition is another common cause of spider veins. Individuals with a family history of spider veins are likely to get them as well. Any Issues that will cause there to be more pressure or damage to the veins will increase the chances of developing spider veins. This includes items such as being overweight or obese, standing for long perious of time or a history of blood clots.



Duplex Ultrasound At Virginia Vein Care, we use duplex ultrasound to diagnose vein disease. Ultrasound is non-invasive and painless, and allows us to examine the blood flow in your veins and determine the extent of any vein disease. We use this information to recommend an individualized treatment plan to help you get rid of spider veins using the most effective, minimally invasive treatment options available.


Potential Treatment

  • Sclerotherapy: A method that involves the insertion of a small needle that injects a chemical solution into the vein. This solution will cause the lining of the vein to swell and close.
  • VeinGogh Ohmic Thermolysis: This safe and effective treatment involves the insertion of a hair-thin probe into the vein to deliver a ‘microburst’ of heat delivery to the vein to coagulate the blood within it. This will cause the vesel to collapse and reabsorb into the body.

Book a visit with a trained vein specialist today to determine which treatment is best for you.


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