What Is Spider Vein Treatment

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What Is Spider Vein Treatment

For as long as people have cared about their appearance, they have sought a way to reduce or eliminate spider veins. Spider veins, also known as venulectasias, are blood vessels that take on a purple, red or blue and are visible through the skin. They commonly appear on the legs, arms, neck and face and occur more often in women than men. Fortunately, there are several treatments for this affliction and Island Dermatology specializes in the most effective solution for spider veins.


Sclerotherapy involves injecting a sodium chloride solution directly into each spider vein. The injected solution irritates the lining of the blood vessel which results in swelling and clotting. The vein then collapses, turns into scar tissue and fades from view. In addition to being the most effective spider vein treatment, Sclerotherapy tends to relieve common maladies associated with spider veins such as aching, itching, night cramps and heaviness in the affected areas.

This type of treatment is widely viewed to have the highest success rate for all types of spider veins and has been used since the 1930’s. Island Dermatology specializes in Sclerotherapy for spider vein treatment. In addition, they offer expert consultation from certified dermatologists committed to remain current with the latest methods and technologies in Sclerotherapy.

Another option for those who suffer from spider veins is laser spider vein removal. In this type of treatment, the affected areas are exposed to an intense laser light intended to eliminate spider veins completely. Laser treatment is more commonly applied to only very small spider veins and is generally much more expensive than injections. Moreover, laser spider vein removal is much more painful, with intense burning sensations lasting for several weeks after treatment.

Creams & Other Treatments

Several types of topical creams formulated specifically for treatment of spider veins are currently available. Applied to the surface of the skin around the affected areas, the creams do not directly treat the source of the malady and are therefore only appropriate for masking the problem. A few supplements, including diosmin and hesperidin treat existing spider veins and help prevent new ones from forming. Still, results are not immediate and supplements may not treat larger or more persistent spider veins.

Patients’ needs and conditions vary widely, but the skin care professionals at Island Dermatology will work with you to find the best possible solution for spider vein treatment.