What are spider veins?
Spider veins are tiny blue, red, and purple web-like veins on the surface of the skin. They are broken capillaries, often associated with larger reticular veins. Though they are smaller than most varicose veins, they are often easier to notice due to their proximity to the skin surface. They are found most often in the legs, though they can pop up on the chest and face s well.
Like varicose veins, spider veins occur more often in women. Risk factors include pregnancy, hormonal fluctuations, obesity, and occupations that involve standing for long periods of time. Genetics also plays a role in the development of spider veins, as they can run in the family.
What are the symptoms?
Spider veins are mainly considered a cosmetic issue, though they can be a sign of other circulatory problems like chronic venous insufficiency. Their unsightly appearance can also have an impact on your confidence and discourage you from engaging in activities that reveal your legs.
How are they treated?
Quick, effective outpatient visits treat the root cause, not just the symptoms.
We treat vein issues using a stepwise approach. We start by identifying the problem with an ultrasound study of the legs. Once the bad veins are identified, we discuss the various treatment options and tell you which ones we think are the best for you.
Sclerotherapy is the gold standard treatment for spider veins and superficial small varicose veins. It involves the injection of a solution into a targeted spider vein or reticular vein through a very fine needle. The chemical collapses the blood vessel within a few seconds and takes effect right away. The natural healing process of the body then re-routes the blood flow to healthy veins and the spider vein fades from view over a period of several weeks. Typically it takes 2-3 treatment sessions for gradual fading of the treated veins. Graduated compression stockings are recommended for most patients for up to a week after treatment.
The Vein Center of Arizona offers patients a wide variety of treatment options:
Comprehensive Treatment Plan
Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)
Endovenous Laser Treatment