Spider Veins

As you age, not only may you have to deal with visible wrinkles, but your skin thins, which allows veins and blood vessels to show through. These spider veins create an aged appearance that no one is happy to deal with.

Spider veins are small purple to red blood vessels often visible on the leg, ankle or foot. Occasionally, spider veins will appear on the face. They are identified by their small blue, red, or purple appearance that looks similar to a spiderweb. These veins are often found on the areas such as:

  • Thighs
  • Ankles
  • Feet
  • Face
  • Nose

Other veins called reticular veins will sometimes accompany spider veins.  They should be treated at the same time for best results. Spider veins are progressive and usually increase in number and visibility with age. At Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and Skin Care Center, we use laser treatments that are highly effective in eliminating spider veins.

Spider Veins: What causes them to appear?

Heredity plays a strong role in the development of spider veins. They should not be confused with varicose veins, the larger, darker veins that often appear because of abnormal blood circulation. Unlike spider veins, varicose veins cannot be treated with laser vein therapy. In some cases, smaller varicose veins may be treated with sclerotherapy, but larger veins may necessitate surgery for treatment.

Varicose veins may cause discomfort in the legs, while spider veins are usually painless. If left untreated, spider veins will usually increase in number and become more visible as you get older.

Spider Vein Treatment: What’s involved?

We use a highly effective laser treatment for treating spider veins. The laser ablates the vein, causing it to close and gradually disappear. The treatment may be performed after an anesthetic has been administered to the treatment site. This increases patient comfort. Laser vein treatment is often combined with sclerotherapy, a technique that injects a sclerosing (hardening of tissue) agent into the vein. You may need to undergo more than one treatment to treat your spider veins; the number of treatments will vary based on each patient’s condition.

To learn more about laser vein therapy in Philadelphia County and Montgomery, contact plastic surgeon Dr. Genter’s office for a consultation.