Spider veins are blood vessels that have become dilated and appear on the surface of the skin. They are most common on the legs, but can occur anywhere on the body. The exact cause is unknown, but changes in hormones such as pregnancy, or a family history are thought to play a role. Spider veins can be left alone if they are not causing problems, however there are cosmetic treatment options if they become unsightly or uncomfortable.
Spider Vein Treatment Options
The most common treatment for spider veins is sclerotherapy. This involves an injection of saline into the vein with a very small needle which causes the vessel to close or collapse, greatly reducing or eliminating its appearance. Sclerotherapy may require multiple treatments to remove all of the veins. Another option for treatment is laser therapy. The laser light targets the red or blue color of the veins, causing them to collapse. Multiple treatments are usually necessary with laser as well.