Spider Veins are small, superficial blood vessels that can be reddish or bluish on the surface of the skin. They can be found anywhere on the body, including the face, but typically occur on the legs. People of any age can get them, but we most often see them in women over the age of 20 to 30. If you stand a lot during the day, you are more likely to develop spider veins on your legs. It can also be hereditary.
Spider veins usually don’t cause any medical problems on their own, but they can be unsightly or bothersome to you if you have them.
There are many ways to treat spider veins, and one of them is with a technique known as “sclerotherapy”. Sclerotherapy is the most common way spider veins are treated by dermatologists. A small needle is inserted into the spider veins on the legs to “sclerose”, or obliterate, the veins. It is very simple procedure, done right in our office, and takes about 15-20 minutes per session. Depending on how extensive your spider veins are, one, two, or even several sessions may be necessary to clear the spider veins on your legs to the point where you are satisfied. Unfortunately, health insurance does not cover this cosmetic procedure.