Spider Veins

spider veinsSpider veins are one of the most common forms of vein disease and, like varicose veins, are not a sign of bad health, poor circulation, or blood clots. They can occur anywhere on the body but most often occur on the legs.

Spider veins are also sometimes called spider telangiectasias. A variant of spider veins is a reticular vein which tends to be larger and blue (whereas spiders are more delicate and pink); both are treated using the same approach.

Spider veins rarely cause pain, but when they do it usually occurs at the site of the spider vein complex and in women can vary with their cycle.

The treatment of spider veins is extraordinarily straightforward and easy. Sclerotherapy, which simply means ‘shutting down a vein’, is the primary technique which we use to treat spider veins. There are many forms of ‘sclero’, including injection and laser sclerotherapy. At your consultation, we will discuss the options that are appropriate to your particular pattern.

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