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Spider Veins? You’re Not Alone



Spider veins are small dilated blood vessels near the skin’s surface. They’re similar to varicose veins only smaller. Spider veins are most commonly found on the legs and face. If you’ve got them, you know what a nuisance they are. Spider veins can make you feel self-conscience and keep you from showing your legs.
Several factors may cause spider veins in the leg, including:

  • Weight gain
  • Pregnancy
  • Heredity
  • Contraceptives
  • Occupations like teachers, hairstylists, waitresses that require prolonged sitting or standing.

Facial spider veins are typically caused by:

  • Aging
  • Sun exposure
  • Exposure to x-rays

If you have spider veins, you are not alone. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reports that half of all women over 21 have spider veins. The excellent news is spider veins can be removed. There are two types of treatment used to remove spider veins: sclerotherapy and laser therapy. Your treatment provider will make recommendations, depending on your specific case and where your spider veins are on your body.

Types of Treatment:

Sclerotherapy is a procedure that involves injecting the vessels with a highly concentrated saline solution. The saline solution causes the spider vein to disappear over several weeks gradually. Sclerotherapy is the treatment procedure typically used on the legs. Even though sclerotherapy has been around since the 1930s, it’s still considered the most effective treatment for spider veins. The procedure is relatively simple and can treatment can be provided in an outpatient setting. Keep in mind that you may need multiple treatments depending on the severity of your spider veins.
Laser therapy is often used on the face and other smaller spider veins. Laser therapy involves applying laser heat to the affected areas. Some people may find the zap of the laser slightly painful, but most people tolerate the discomfort just fine.

Treatment Costs:

Sclerotherapy treatment costs vary by region, the severity of your case, and the experience of the treatment providers. Be sure to select a medical provider with experience. On average, each treatment session may cost between $200 and $400.
Laser treatment costs vary greatly depending on your region and the experience of the person providing the treatment. Beware of discounted laser treatments and “Groupon” deals. On average, costs range between $400 and $1200 per session.

Finding a Vein Specialist:

Finding a qualified medical provider can confusing. Over the last decade, there has been a proliferation of med spas. While med spas may be convenient and inexpensive, they may not have experienced staff performing spider vein treatments. Ask the treatment provider how much experience they have, the number of procedures required for you to get results, and the cost. Most reputable treatment providers will offer a free consultation.