Spider Veins

What Are Spider Veins

The medical term for spider veins is telangiectasia.

Spider veins get the name from red or blue veins which often spread across the legs and look like a spiderweb – typically on the legs or face. These dilated superficial blood vessels are a mild version of varicose veins. The difference is they are closer to the surface of the skin, smaller and are usually painless.spiderVeins

While spider veins often appear behind the knee and on the calves, they can appear anywhere on the body including the face.  Increased pressure in the veins from high blood pressure, long periods of standing, obesity or pregnancy along with aging are the common causes.  Spider veins usually don’t cause medical issues, but many prefer to remove them for cosmetic reasons and sometimes medical reasons.

If the spider veins are in the lower extremities, some may also experience:

  • swelling in the legs
  • tiredness of the legs
  • a feeling of heaviness in the legs

Let the specialists at Bloomfield Vein & Vascular determine if your spider veins are the result of a more serious problem; this is important because results depend on making sure that we exclude a significant medical problem as the cause of your spider veins.

Treatment for Spider Veins

Sclerotherapy is the most common treatment for spider veins. A solution is injected into the vein, causing the vein to collapse, this stops blood to flow into the dilated blood vessel.  Within a few days or weeks the red or blue vein color will disappear.  Most people see a 50 to 90 percent improvement.