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Spider Veins

What are Spider Veins?

Spider veins, medically known as telangietasias, are dilated capillary veins less than 2mm in diameter. They are smaller, bluish or reddish appearing blood vessels that lie close to the surface of the skin and occur either in lines or web-like patterns. They are usually visible on the legs but sometimes are visible around the nose and lips and are commonly referred to as "broken veins". While they can ache, burn or itch now and then, they are usually not symptomatic.  Spider veins are not harmful and tend to be more of a cosmetic concern that does not necessitate medical intervention, although spider veins can sometimes be precursors to more serious underlying vein disease. A consultation will allow us to determine whether your spider veins may be attributed to venous insufficiency.

varicose veins, venous insufficiency diseaseSpider Vein Symptoms and Risk Factors

Spider veins and varicose veins are associated with similar risk factors, including: genetics, hormonal changes, obesity, pregnancy, extended periods of standing, trauma to the skin’s surface, and sun exposure. Although spider veins typically do not lead to health problems or require medical treatment, spider veins can create undesirable cosmetic issues, particularly when they cover large areas of skin.

While some patients may see improvement in the appearance of their spider veins simply by making lifestyle changes (i.e. exercise, weight loss, flat shoes, support hose), others may require additional cosmetic treatment. Spider vein therapies may include sclerotherapy injections or surface laser treatment such as, our Venefit in-office procedure. Spider veins that are attributed to chronic venous insufficiency will resolve upon treatment of the venous reflux. Health insurance plans will not cover the cost of cosmetic treatment for spider veins.

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