Spider Veins Procedures

Although it is very difficult to diminish factors like age, gender and heredity, there are ways to delay the progression or development of spider veins like:

  • Regular exercise to keep the blood pressure at normal levels and keep blood flowing normally
  • Avoiding too tight clothes
  • Maintaining normal body weight

If the conditions worsen, a specialist may prescribe one of the following treatments:

Sclerotherapy: In this procedure, your doctor injects the veins with a solution that scars and closes those veins, causing the blood to reroute through healthier veins. In a few weeks, treated spider veins fade. Although the same vein may need to be injected more than once, sclerotherapy is usually effective if done correctly.
Sclerotherapy doesn’t require anesthesia and can be done in your doctor’s office. Side effects include swelling, itching and skin color changes in the treated area.

Laser surgery: Laser surgery works by sending strong bursts of light into the vein that make the vein slowly fade and disappear. No incisions or needles are used.

The treatment is often less effective than sclerotherapy, particularly for larger veins. Side effects may include redness, bruising, itching, swelling and permanent skin tone changes.