Spider veins branch out over your face and legs, where they have a significant impact on your appearance. Ned Majid, MD, and Benjamin Yam, MD, at Northeast Laser Vein Institute permanently eliminate spider veins using sclerotherapy injections, which are done in the comfort of the office and don’t require downtime. To schedule an appointment, call one of the offices in Ridgewood or West Patterson, New Jersey, or use the convenient online booking feature.
Spider veins develop when valves designed to keep blood flowing in one direction fail to work properly. As a result, blood flows backward and accumulates between valves, making tiny veins near the skin’s surface large enough to become visible.
These purple-, blue-, and green-looking veins branch out under the skin, resembling a spider’s web. Reticular veins are like spider veins, but they occur in slightly larger and deeper blood vessels. While spider veins can develop anywhere on your body, they commonly appear on your legs and face.
Spider veins, sometimes called thread veins, seldom cause symptoms or health problems. However, they may be the sign of an underlying problem, such as venous insufficiency, affecting larger veins in your legs.
Several factors make you more likely to develop spider veins, including:
Women often develop spider veins or varicose veins during pregnancy as hormone changes weaken vein walls and the baby’s weight increases pressure on leg veins.
The doctors at Northeast Laser Vein Institute have extensive experience eliminating spider veins using treatments such as:
Your doctor performs sclerotherapy by injecting a medication such as Asclera® (polidocanol) or Sotradecol® into the spider veins. These sclerosing agents make the vein collapse and form a scar. The veins slowly disappear as your body absorbs the scar tissue.
Cryo-sclerotherapy allows your doctor to perform painless sclerotherapy by applying very cold air to your skin before and during your injection. The cold air serves as a local anesthetic as it numbs the area.
The spider veins treated are permanently eliminated, but new veins may develop in the future. You can’t predict whether you’ll develop new spider veins in the same area, but you may prevent them by lowering your risk factors. For example, taking frequent breaks from sitting to move your legs may help you avoid spider veins.
If you’re ready to get rid of spider veins, call Northeast Laser Vein Institute or schedule an appointment online.