At Capitol Vein & Laser Centers, we evaluate and treat spider veins in the legs, hands, face
and any other locations on the body.
What are Spider Veins?
Spider veins are dilated capillary veins which are easily visible through the skin and appear as tiny webs of red, blue, or purple lines. Spider veins can become unsightly with time and age the appearance of legs. Typically a cosmetic annoyance, spider veins do not present medical risk. Spider veins are very common, developing in >55% of the population.
What Causes Spider Veins?
It is not fully understood what causes these tiny unsightly vessels. They seem to be genetically inherited and can often appear with hormonal shifts such as puberty, pregnancy and menopause.
Spider Vein Treatments:
- Sclerotherapy is the gold standard of treatment for most spider veins, offering excellent results with little to no discomfort and no downtime. Sclerotherapy introduces special medications into the veins using a tiny hair-like needle. The medication causes the vessel to spasm and close, eventually disappearing as the body reabsorbs the collapsed vessel. Treated vessels will not return, however we cannot prevent new spider veins from forming. Many patients request a “spring touch up” each year to keep new spider veins at bay.
- Laser & Light Therapies help treat spider veins on the nose and cheeks as they generally respond better to laser and light therapies.