How to Get Rid of Spider Veins

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Monday, 30 September 2019

Are you discouraged about the way your face or legs look and feel because unsightly spider veins? Maybe you are like many of our patients who are embarrassed to wear shorts or swimwear. Or apply concealers to try and mask you facial or legs veins. The good news is that it does not have to be that way. If you don’t want to live with unsightly red or purple veins it is time to book a consultation with our vein specialists who have treated thousands of patients just like you. We can help you get rid of spider veins so that you can enjoy life again with ‘Better Looking and Better Feeling Legs.’

What Are Spider Veins?

Spider veins, also known as telangiectasia, are tiny twisted veins that appear on the surface of your skin. They they are most common on the legs but can be seen on the face, too. They typically appear as red, blue or purple web-like patterns.

What Causes Spider Veins?

Though spider veins may be primarily be a cosmetic concern, they can indicate an underlying issue with venous insufficiency in which venous blood has a difficult time traveling against gravity. The effects of gravity on the return of venous blood back to the heart is why a majority of spider veins occur on the legs.

When blood pools in the venous capillary system, it gradually stretches out the tiny surface blood vessels. These tiny veins that are closest to the surface of the skin then become visible in twisted, colorful patterns. The cumulative effect over time can affect your sense of well being and quality of life.

Spider veins don’t just develop on the legs. They can be seen on other parts of the body such as the thin and fragile skin of the face, along the nose and cheeks where sun exposure and skin inflammation have irritated the area. In these areas gravity is not a culprit.

Why Do These Veins Develop?

Genetics and lifestyle often lead to spider veins. If one or both of your parents had spider veins, chances are high you will also develop them. If you are overweight, or your job forces you to spend long hours on your feet, you may be at increased risk.

Minor trauma can lead to spider veins, too. This can be occupational or recreational in nature. Nurses, pharmacists and factory workers often develop spider veins from repeatedly leaning up against a counter of work surface. If you live an active lifestyle minor bumps and bruises from a tennis ball, soft ball or other sports can lead to isolated patches of spider veins.

What Are The Differences Between Spider And Varicose Veins?


Spider veins and varicose veins are easily confused. While they may both cause you to feel embarrassed, varicose veins are considered more dangerous. Spider veins are usually seen as little more than a nuisance while varicose veins signal a deeper venous insufficiency problem. However, many of our patients report a significant improvement in the way their legs feel after their spider veins are treated.

The difference between spider veins and varicose veins is the size of the vein. Spider veins are by definition less than 1mm in size. Reticular varicose veins are 1-3mm in size and often feed the spider veins. Though visible to the naked eye reticular veins are often overlooked by doctors who are in-experienced in the treatment of vein disease. Varicose veins are larger visible bulging veins which are 3mm or greater in size. Varicose veins can be found nearly anywhere on the legs depending on the underlying source of the vein reflux.

Though worse in varicose veins the symptoms of both are vague and can be overlooked or confused with other conditions by patients and their physicians. Generally varicose veins cause more symptoms than spider veins. These symptoms include heaviness, aching, tired legs, swelling, night cramps, and restless legs. If left untreated varicose veins can lead to skin changes and skin ulcers can develop.

Varicose and spider veins can appear at any age or stage of life. They are more common in women and often first appear with pregnancy with their familiar rope-like, twisting pattern. Varicose veins develop during pregnancy due to a number of factors. However, pregnancy-related varicose veins may improve on their own after childbirth and may not require treatment. However, if symptoms or unsightly spider or varicose veins persist 3 months after childbirth you should see your vein specialist for a consultation. They will help you get rid of spider veins and varicose veins.

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Enjoy the Beach Again Without Spider Veins

  • Determine if your spider veins are more than just a cosmetic concern.
  • Know what to expect at your spider vein consultation.
  • Choosing the best options for treating your spider veins.

How To Get Rid Of Spider Veins

Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Spider Veins: Do They Really Work?

Do-it-yourself remedies abound for nearly every physical problem, but most remain unproven. Although it can be easy to turn to a variety of websites to find cures for spider veins using unique options such as apple cider vinegar or witch hazel, most online sources do not base their remedies on scientific or medical research.

Other DIY options include concealers or other temporary solutions. Many are a form of makeup that covers the spider veins. If you want a more permanent fix concealers are not the answer you are looking for. If you want to show off your legs again without a concealer call you vein specialists for proven treatments for your spider veins that will have your legs looking and feeling better. .

Clinically-Proven Treatments To Get Rid Of Spider Veins

Sclerotherapy is considered to be the gold standard treatment for spider veins. This minimally invasive procedure works best when used on spider veins and their feeding vessels known as reticular spider veins. During this simple office based procedure, your specialist injects a special sclerosing solution into the veins. This solution irritates the vein walls. As blood automatically redirects to healthy veins, the treated spider veins collapse. Over the next few weeks to months, these blotches gradually fade from view. Usually, you will need two to three sclerotherapy treatments to see results.

While sclerotherapy is a great solution for spider veins on the legs, lasers are best for delicate facial skin. These gentle lasers work quite well on tiny facial veins. The heat from the laser irritates the veins, causing them to shut down, while protecting the skin. And as with sclerotherapy, you will most likely need a series of treatments for complete results.

Can’t Get To Our Office? No Problem!

Want better looking and better feeling legs but can’t come in for an in-person evaluation?

Whether you have a very busy schedule or you’re out-of-state, Virtual Vein Specialists allows you to request an online vein evaluation before you ever walk into a doctor’s office. Learn more and get started on your path toward Better Veins for Life®.

Why Should I Choose Vein Specialists Of The South For Vein Treatments?

If would be a shame to see you waste your time and money on unproven, or worse unsafe, at-home spider vein remedies. Instead, find out how Vein Specialists of the South can help you. At VSS we will listen to you and create a Better Veins for Life® Treatment Plan, designed just for you and what you want. It is simple at VSS, we provide clinically-proven treatments in a safe and welcoming environment. From sclerotherapy in our office to facial laser spider vein treatments at Spa Medical next door, we offer the best solutions for treating your embarrassing spider and varicose veins.

As a leader in vein care in the United States, Dr. Kenneth Harper founded Vein Specialists of the South in Macon, GA. in 1996. In 2000 Vein Specialists of the South was the first in Georgia to offer cutting-edge, minimally invasive endovenous procedures for vein treatment, and our clinic doubles as a training center for physicians across the country. Dr. Harper’s and Dr. Veale’s experience, and our team-based approach, has provided patients with quality care and exceptional results for over 23 years.

Contact Vein Specialists of the South in Middle Georgia today to schedule your spider vein consultation. We look forward to helping you achieve Better Veins for Life®.

Over 18,000 Procedures Performed

Dr. Kenneth Harper, founder of Vein Specialists of the South, has evaluated more than 22,000 patients and performed over 18,000 procedures since 2000. Dr. Harper is a leader in comprehensive vein care, having focused on diagnosis and treatments for varicose veins, spider veins, venous ulcers, and leg swelling since 1997.


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Enjoy the Beach Again Without Spider Veins

  • Determine if your spider veins are more than just a cosmetic concern.
  • Know what to expect at your spider vein consultation.
  • Choosing the best options for treating your spider veins.
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