What are spider veins?
Spider veins are red and purple blood vessels that occur in patches on the legs and face. Spider veins and varicose veins are not the same and one does not necessarily lead to the other. Whereas, varicose veins are large, swollen, and occur singularly on the legs, spider veins are delicate and tend to develop in clusters. Both spider veins and reticular, or “feeder” veins deeper in the skin may cause discomfort.
Spider veins usually do not pose a health threat. Although, they can cause aching and discomfort, spider veins are primarily a cosmetic problem. Spider veins usually take on one of three basic patterns:
- Tiny branch like shape (common on inner knee)
- True spider shape
- Sunburst pattern (common on outer thigh)
Can spider veins cause pain?
Spider veins usually do not cause symptoms, however, symptoms which may be associated with spider veins can include:
- Dull, localized aching
- Throbbing pain
- Burning tingling
These concerns may worsen with menstruation and warmer weather. Relief of these symptoms may come with walking or elevating the legs.
What factors contribute to spider veins?
The most significant factors are:
- Occupations that involve prolonged standing
- Hormonal influences during pregnancy
- Use of oral contraceptives
- Post-menopausal hormone replacement
- Prolonged sitting with legs crossed
- History of blood clots
Other minor factors include topical steroids, trauma or injury to the skin, and exposure to ultraviolet rays. Women develop spider veins 4 times more frequently than men. In fact, about 70 percent of adult women are afflicted with spider veins at some time in their lives.
- What is the treatment for spider veins?
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WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR SPIDER VEIN TREATMENT?
Patients considering spider vein treatment should have healthy habits in place to prevent further development of spider veins, including losing weight, being active, and wearing compression stockings. A history of arterial diseases or the use of certain blood thinning medications can mean some patients may not be good candidates. Additionally, patients with varicose veins may need to explore other treatment options. Patients looking for cosmetic improvement for visible spider veins on the legs or face are often good candidates for this procedure.
THE BENEFITS OF SPIDER VEIN TREATMENT
The biggest benefit of spider vein treatment is an improvement in patient confidence while wearing shorts, skirts, or other leg-baring clothing. Additionally, many patients enjoy decreased discomfort that can be associated with spider veins. Spider vein treatment does not require extensive downtime or incisions, meaning it’s well-tolerated by many patients with a variety of lifestyles.
PLEASE NOTE: Spider vein treatment is considered a cosmetic procedure by Medicare and most insurance companies, and therefore is not a “covered benefit”. Most HSA plans do allow you to use your HSA toward spider vein treatment payments as it is usually a qualified medical expense. Check with you plan coordinator to be sure.
Frequently Asked Questions About Varicose Veins
Can spider veins go away on their own?
Generally, spider veins do not go away on their own and tend to worsen over time.
Can spider veins be harmful?
Spider veins are not physically harmful, though they may cause some discomfort. Primarily, patients choose spider vein treatment for cosmetic reasons.
Should I worry about spider veins?
Spider veins are not harmful to your health but can cause discomfort or self-consciousness. There is no need to worry, but treatments are available to reduce their appearance if you choose. We do have patients come in for a consultation as sometimes spider veins are an indication of a deeper venous issue.
How much does spider vein treatment cost?
The cost for spider vein treatments will vary depending on the severity of your spider veins, the specific treatment option you undergo, and how many sessions you may need other factors. Patients can expect to spend approximately $400 on each spider vein treatment session.
How do I get rid of spider veins on my legs?
Spider veins on the legs can be treated using laser therapy or sclerotherapy.
How can you get rid of spider veins?
There are two basic options to treat spider veins: laser therapy or sclerotherapy. Laser therapy involves using a laser system to target veins while leaving skin cells unharmed, while sclerotherapy involves injecting sclerosing solution directly to the veins.
Where can you get spider veins?
Spider veins are most commonly seen on the legs or the face.
Who do I see for spider veins?
If you are concerned about spider veins, you can seek treatment from a specialist who offers sclerotherapy or laser treatments.
What happens if I leave my spider veins untreated?
Spider veins are sometimes an early warning sign of venous insufficiency or a back flow of blood. Even if your spider veins are not causing you physical pain, you should have them checked by a specialist.
How can I prevent spider veins?
You can prevent spider veins from developing by exercising, maintaining a healthy weight, limiting the use of hot tubs and saunas, and elevating your legs.
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Do Varicose Veins Only Develop In the Legs?
Varicose veins can be both a medical and cosmetic problem. If you have varicose veins or are experiencing symptoms, then the best thing you can do is consult a vein specialist for diagnosis and treatment. Although varicose veins happen most often in the legs, they can develop anywhere in the body. Here is a quick