Spider veins are very small branch- or web-like veins that may appear red, purple or blue. They are caused by the dilation of the small venules under the skin, which occurs when the pressure inside the vein increases enough to overcome normal resistance of the vein wall. A woman’s veins have a hard time resisting increased pressure when her estrogen levels are low. Spider veins are usually harmless, although they can be an eyesore. Luckily, spider veins typically respond well to treatment.*
Dr. Lynn Klein and our Aesthetic Dermatology team offer two options for spider vein removal: sclerotherapy and laser treatment. Both treatments are safe, effective and generally well-tolerated by our patients.*
For more information or to learn whether spider vein treatment could be right for you, please contact us online or call 610-668-2570 to schedule a consultation with our board-certified dermatologists.
How Sclerotherapy Works
Sclerotherapy is a traditional treatment that involves injecting a special sclerosing agent into the veins to scar and close them. The walls of the vein collapse and the vein eventually disappears from sight.*
Sclerotherapy is conveniently performed in our Bala Cynwyd dermatology office and does not require anesthesia. A tiny needle injects the sclerosing agent into the spider veins. This is not painful.
The number of injections and length of treatment will depend on the size and number of spider veins being treated but generally takes 15 to 30 minutes.
How Laser Vein Treatment Works
Laser vein removal can be performed safely on men, women and children with light or dark skin.* Individuals that take blood thinners or photosensitizing medications are not good candidates. Individuals that have dark suntans, photosensitivity disorders, diabetes, bleeding disorders or another chronic illness are not good candidates.
Laser vein removal is also performed in our office. Your eyes will be covered to protect them from the laser light.
The last handpiece is passed over the veins and emits pulses of laser light. The laser light is absorbed by the blood in the spider vein, causing the vein to coagulate. The vein is then absorbed naturally by the body.*
The length of treatment depends on the size and number of spider veins being treated, but lasts 15 to 30 minutes in most cases.
Recovering from Spider Vein Removal
Spider vein removal does not require any downtime. You can resume full activity almost right after treatment. Our team will provide information about post-treatment skin care, normal symptoms and possible signs of a complication. Limit your exposure to the sun to minimize the risk of complications. We may advise you to wear special compression stockings, which put gentle pressure on the veins and maximize treatment outcomes.*
Typical Vein Treatment Results
You should notice a rapid reduction in your spider veins after your procedure. Sclerotherapy typically removes 50 to 70 percent of the treated spider veins. Laser vein removal may require several treatment sessions to achieve the desired results.*
If new spider veins form in the future, repeat treatment may be necessary.
Possible Spider Vein Removal Side Effects
Side effects of sclerotherapy include temporary swelling, itching, bruising and changes in skin color. In rare cases, blisters may appear. If you experience any pain or develop a skin condition, contact our office immediately.
Learn More about Spider Vein Removal
If you’d like to learn more about spider vein removal and see whether sclerotherapy or laser vein treatment would be better for helping you meet your personal cosmetic goals, please contact Aesthetic Dermatology online or call 610-668-2570 to schedule a consultation with our board-certified dermatologists at our Bala Cynwyd practice.
*This information is for education only, and is not meant as a guarantee of results. Your results may vary.
Spider Vein Removal Before & After**
**Actual patients shown before and after spider vein removal. Your results may vary. Photos are for education only and are not meant as a guarantee of results.