Spider veins are tiny, thin veins that can be seen very close to the skin’s surface. They look like red, blue, or green spider webs just beneath the skin. Sometimes they are also described as looking like marble. Spider veins are caused by a backup of blood. These become nonfunctional, “dead-end” veins.
Spider veins are very small varicose veins. Although they don’t usually cause discomfort, the deeper veins that often accompany them can do so. Many vein disease sufferers have a combination of both varicose and spider veins. While they may seek treatment for cosmetic improvement, many of our patients are also looking for relief from pain.
Spider Vein Treatment
For spider veins and other small veins close to the skin’s surface, ultrasound guidance is usually not necessary. Our physicians and nurses can effectively treat these veins with sclerotherapy. A typical treatment session may last for 15 to 20 minutes and will consist of microinjections. Once the vein is closed, the blood that was circulating through the abnormal vein is naturally rerouted to other healthy veins. Over time, the treated vein is absorbed by the body. Varicose and spider veins can be uncomfortable and may get worse if left untreated.