What are THEY?
Spider veins are small bluish or reddish appearing blood vessels lying close to the surface of the skin, in lines or web-like patterns less than 2mm in diameter.
Visible on the legs but also around the nose and lips, they are commonly referred to as "broken veins." Spider veins can ache, burn or itch and are not necessarily symptomatic.
Spider veins are very real cosmetic concern for some, although they can be precursors to more serious underlying vein disease. A free consultation will allow us to determine whether your spider veins may be attributed to venous insufficiency.
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.