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Spider Veins

What are 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. Spider veins can cover a small area and avoid notice, or they can cover a larger area and become quite unsightly. It is also possible that they may enlarge over time. Some estimate that over half of all adult females will develop spider veins. 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’).

Cause of Spider Veins

The most common cause of spider veins is genetic predisposition. They occur more frequently in women. They also may be the result of a traumatic injury. Spider veins on the face may be related to excessive sun exposure.

Diagnosing Spider Veins

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.

Spider Vein Treatment

In determining a spider vein treatment, it is important to visit a comprehensive vein specialist who can assess the extent of your vein disease. The most common spider vein treatments are sclerotherapy and to a lesser extent, surface (non-surgical) laser treatment. Sclerotherapy involves injecting a chemical solution directly into the spider vein. The solution closes the offending vein, causing it to disintegrate. If underlying venous disease is present, other vein treatment methods may need to be employed. Spider veins, once treated, may appear to recur with time, but often this is the result of new spider veins growing in nearby capillaries. If this occurs, additional spider vein treatments may be necessary. Sclerotherapy In sclerotherapy, a very small needle – the size of a human hair – injects a chemical solution known as a “sclerosing agent” into the vein. The solution causes the lining of the vein to swell, shutting it down. The body will eventually absorb the treated vein. Sclerotherapy may be used to get rid of varicose veins as well as spider veins. Sclerotherapy takes only a matter of minutes, although several sessions may be required to fully get rid of spider veins. VeinGogh Ohmic Thermolysis The VeinGogh offers a superior solution for the treatment of fine telangiectasia (thread veins), spider veins and small angiomas. It can be used on any skin type and usually only requires a single 20-25 minute treatment. With the VeinGogh treatment, a hair-thin probe delivers a ‘microburst’ of energy to selectively heat the vein, coagulate blood within it, and collapse the vessel to facilitate body reabsorption. VeinGogh treatment offers an excellent alternative for fine thread veins on the face, nose, cheeks or anywhere else on the body. Find out more on the official VeinGogh website. Visit

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