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Spider Veins


Many women (and men) cope with spider veins. Spider veins are small clusters of red, blue, or purple veins. They can be located anywhere on the body, but most often occur in the legs. Unlike varicose veins, spider veins are not raised from the skin.

What causes spider veins?

Heredity, pregnancy, hormonal changes, sun damage, aging, weight changes, or jobs involving long periods of sitting or standing are known to be the main factors, though the exact cause is unknown.

Spider veins are not just a concern for older folks. They can come up for people in their 20s and 30s.

Though usually cosmetic, spider veins can develop later into varicose veins, which can raise medical concerns.

Possible symptoms of spider veins include:

  • Heavy Legs
  • Swelling in the ankles and legs
  • Restless legs
  • Leg pain
  • Leg muscle fatigue
  • Rashes and skin changes
  • Ulcers in the lower legs

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Spider vein Treatments

In a private, complimentary consultation, we carefully evaluate your spider veins and customize a treatment for the best results in your case. Most frequently, sclerotherapy — or in some cases RFA (radiofrequency ablation) — are chosen to reduce the appearance or remove spider veins.


State-of-the-art sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure that involves injecting chemicals into damaged veins. It diminishes the appearance of spider veins, but can also be used for other vein conditions.
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Radiofrequency Ablation

In certain situations, we may need to treat venous insufficiency—a common underlying cause behind spider veins. Go here to read more about RFA.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What are spider veins?

Spider veins are web-like clusters of small veins that are red, purple, or blue.

Spider veins vs. varicose veins

Spider veins may be a sign of an underlying problem known as venous insufficiency. When left untreated this could lead to the development of varicose veins or skin ulcers. They are different in their appearance and severity. Varicose veins can have medical implications, though spider veins are primarily a cosmetic issue.

What are the spider vein treatment options?

Sclerotherapy is used to reduce the cosmetic appearance of spider veins. Common treatments for venous disease include RFA and sclerotherapy.

What causes spider veins?

Factors such as hereditary, a job that involves a lot of standing, obesity, pregnancy, and/or a history of blood clots are all factors that can lead to spider veins and other vein conditions.

How are spider veins diagnosed?

Spider veins are most often located on the surface of a patient’s skin and are easy to diagnose by a trusted and experienced physician.

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