How can you get rid of Spider Veins?

April 10, 2019

Advice From Our Diplomat-Certified Doctors

About 50% of adults have vein disease, which includes the commonly known symptoms of varicose veins and spider veins on legs. Usually, people assume that having your legs covered in varicose and spider veins is only a cosmetic issue, when in reality, spider veins can cause additional medical symptoms such as frequent leg cramping, leg heaviness, and even skin discoloration on legs. When your symptoms evolve in such a way, it tends to be a clear sign of having an underlying issue that needs medical attention from a certified vein doctor. Read along to learn about what exactly causes spider veins, how to find out if they are related to an underlying illness, how to get rid of spider veins, and whether or not insurance will help cover your treatment.

What Are Spider Veins (AKA Telangiectasias)?

Spider veins, which are also known as telangiectasias, are small, dilated veins that appear near the surface of the skin. They are usually red, purple, blue, or a combination of those colors. More often than not, spider veins are located on the legs, althought they can certainly appear on hands, nose and overall face. 

An important detail to make note of is that spider veins are not to be confused with varicose veins. Although very similar, varicose veins are usually larger than spider veins. Varicose veins can also push against the skin’s surface in a protuberant manner.

What Causes Spider Veins?

Spider veins are caused by weak or damaged valves within your veins. When your heart pumps blood it pushes it first through the arteries, which carry blood out to the limbs. After the oxygen is removed from the blood, it returns to the heart through your veins. The veins in your legs have one-way doors called valves that only let blood move in a single direction. After the blood passes through a valve, the valve closes, preventing the blood from falling back down to the feet with gravity.

If the valves become weak, then the blood can move backward, where it collects in the veins. Doctors call this chronic venous insufficiency.

While chronic venous insufficiency is the underlying cause of some varicose veins, vein experts know that several factors can contribute to spider vein development. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Genetics: A family history of vein disease
  • Obesity: Excess weight puts pressure on your vein.
  • A history of blood clots: Blood clots destroy the valves within your veins.
  • Ocupation: Working a job that requires you to stand for long hours.
  • Hormone therapy: Hormone replacement or even taking birth control pills.
  • Pregnancy: Increased circulating female hormones and pressure on the veins in the pelvis. 

If you want to avoid varicose veins and spider veins, you can make some lifestyle decisions that will lower your susceptibility.

Varicose veins and spider veins on outer thighs

Why Are Spider Veins a Problem?

Some people want to get rid of spider veins  solely because they don’t like how they look. If spider veins make you feel self-conscious, then you may avoid activities that involve exposing your legs. That could mean that you don’t join friends and relatives when they go to the beach or visit a swimming pool. Some people report spider veins having a significant negative impact on their self-esteem, causing them to become less outgoing and adventurous.

You may also want to get rid of spider veins because of  the painful physical symptoms that you find problematic. For instance, spider veins can cause an aching feeling in your legs. If you have spider veins, you may experience muscle cramps, burning sensations, and throbbing in your lower legs. Other symptoms include:

  • Bleeding from the veins
  •  

    Skin inflammation

  • Skin ulcers.
  •  Pain, especially after standing or sitting for a prolonged amount of time.

Some symptoms, including hardening of the vein and inflammation, can indicate that you have a vascular disease that puts your health at risks and requires medical attention from an experienced vein treatment specialist.

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Scheduling a consultation with one of our vein treatment experts is one of the best ways to determine the proper resolution for your varicose veins. The treatments can include sclerotherapy, laser or radiofrequency ablation, a medication called Varithena, or procedures such as Venaseal, or Clarivein.

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What’s the Best Way to Get Rid of Spider Veins?

The best way to get rid of spider veins depends on whether you have chronic venous insufficiency. If you don’t have chronic venous insufficiency, then you should visit a vein doctor in New York or New Jersey for a cosmetic or sclerotherapy treatment.

Sclerotherapy involves injecting a small amount of medication into your spider veins. The medication (called a slcerosant) damages the lining of your vessel. As a result, the vein seals closed and over time fades and disappears. 

Sclerotherapy usually takes about 10 to 30 minutes for a vein doctor to perform. During this time, you will have your leg elevated so the blood will  drain and create room for the sclerotherapy. You’ll want to wear compression stockings for several days after the treatment to help the medication be as effective as possible. 

If you have chronic venous insufficiency, then you can use sclerotherapy in combination with endovenous ablation to treat the condition. Without endovenous ablation, there is a good chance that the spider veins will return.

In this case, you will need your New York or New Jersey vein doctor to treat the underlying refluxing veins. You may need to undergo a procedure called endovenous laser ablation to get rid of spider veins. Endovenous laser ablation uses laser technology to close the vein permanently.

During the procedure, which usually takes 30 to 45 minutes, your vein doctor will use a local anesthetic to prevent any pain.. The treatment has a 97% success rate, so it’s a great option to get rid of spider veins when chronic venous insufficiency is present.

Will my insurance cover Spider Vein Removal?

Most insurance companies will pay for treatments only if you have valvular reflux in addition to spider vein symptoms. Without valvular reflux, insurance companies typically consider the treatments cosmetic, so they won’t cover the cost.

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Is there a Spider Vein doctor specifically?

It’s important that you choose a certified, dedicated vein treatment specialist in your quest to get rid of spider veins. Vein disease and vascular physicians have undergone specialized training that helps them identify the complex underlying cause of spider veins and other vein related issues. 

You can find certified vein doctors at the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Center, with multiple locatins in New York, New Jersey, San Diego, CA and Houston, Tx. If you have any questions about spider veins, endovenous laser ablation, or any other procedure that eliminates spider veins, you can contact the Vein Treatment Center online or by calling their national line 888-827-7441. 

Meet our certified diplomate team

Dr. Namrata Khimani

Venous specialist | TRIPLE CERTIFIED

Dr. Khimani is a nationally recognized leader in the field of venous medicine. She is an expert in Spider Vein and Varicose Vein Treatment based in New York City. While Dr. Khimani treats a variety of patients experiencing varicose vein problems, she also sub-specializes in the treatment of vein disease in women, including those with pregnancy and post-pregnancy related spider and varicose veins.

If you have varicose veins and spider veins, suffer from leg cramps, leg swelling, or restless leg syndrome, come see Dr. Khimani at our Vein Treatment Center NYC. Most procedures are covered by major medical insurances, including Medicare. Call us and get verified today.

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Dr. Michael Nguyen

VENOUS SPECIALIST | TRIPLE CERTIFIED
Dr. Michael Nguyen is a world renowned and Harvard trained vein specialist in Manhattan. He leads the team of vein doctors offering the highest level of care at the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Center in New York & New Jersey.

As a pioneer in the treatment of varicose veins problems, Dr. Nguyen is considered a top vein expert for developing minimally invasive and customized treatment plans for the many symptoms of venous insufficiency, including leg cramps, skin discoloration on legs, spider vein removal, and restless leg syndrome.

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Dr. Caroline Novak

Venous Specialist | Double Certified
Dr. Caroline Novak is a double Board Certified vein specialist in Paramus and Clifton, NJ. Dr. Novak is well known for continuously performing the best treatment for spider veins and varicose vein removal in the New Jersey area. She is committed to developing long lasting relationships with her patients, allowing her to personalize a varicose and spider veins treatment plan that successfully meets her patients' goals.

At her Clifton and Paramus vein clinic, Dr. Novak utilizes the latest and most advanced technology to restore patients back to health without unnecessary surgery, and with minimal to no downtime.

There are a variety of minimally-invasive varicose vein treatment options available. Your vein doctor can perform the procedure on-site and have you back on your feet in under an hour.
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Dr. Simon Smith

VENOUS SPECIALIST | DIPLOMAT-CERTIFIED
Dr. Simon Smith is a Board Certified Cardiovascular and Vein Disease Specialist currently serving patients at the Vein Treatment Clinic in Clifton and Wayne, New Jersey.

Dr. Smith is sought after because of his unparalleled skills in RF Ablation, sclerotherapy, and the treatment of skin discoloration on legs. By utilizing advanced vein treatment techniques, Dr. Simon is able to customize a plan specific to each patient, helping them avoid complicated surgeries and unnecessary downtime. With Dr. Simon minimally invasive procedures, patients are able to return to normal activities right after.

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Dr. Faisal Siddiqi

VENOUS SPECIALIST | DOUBLE CERTIFIED
Dr. Faisal Siddiqi oversees all Vein Treatment Centers in New Jersey – ensuring that each patient receives the highest level of care possible for their vein disease. Having received training from Yale Medical School, Dr. Siddiqi proudly offers the latest technology available for spider and varicose vein treatments at his office in Wayne, NJ and Clifton, NJ.

Dr. Siddiqi's work with minimally invasive techniques was recognized by his peers in Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors for 2017 and he was also voted as one of the Top Vein Doctors in New Jersey.

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Dr. Juan Montoya

VASCULAR SPECIALIST | NYC VEIN SPECIALIST
Dr. Montoya is a Vein Specialist and Vascular doctor in New York. He is highly sought after for his expertise and excellent outcomes in cardiac surgery, and is now proud to serve the Vein Clinics in Manhattan, NY.

Dr. Montoya performs the latest minimally-invasive vein treatments to treat Chronic Venous Insufficiency; a condition that leads to spider veins and varicose veins, along with symptoms such as leg cramping, pain, and fatigue.

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Dr. Carly Guthrie

VENOUS SPECIALIST | DOUBLE CERTIFIED
Dr. Carly Guthrie is the co-director of the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Clinic in San Diego. Dr. Guthrie is a double Board-Certified vein specialist, and is regarded as one of the top interventional ultrasonographers in the country. In her years of training and on staff at Harvard, she worked with the top venous specialists in the world, attending some of the most complex cases. Her areas of expertise include radiofrequency ablation using ultrasound guidance, sclerotherapy, phlebectomy, and the newly approved VenaSeal technique for treatment of venous insufficiency and varicose veins.

Dr. Guthrie is focused on bringing the newest and most-advanced treatments to Southern California in order to decrease recovery times and improve patient satisfaction.

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Dr. Billy Schoenfeld

VENOUS SPECIALIST | DOUBLE CERTIFIED
Dr. Schoenfeld has advanced training in ultrasound and venous access, having treated thousands of patients in his career. He is a specialist in the treatment of venous insufficiency and varicose veins, including ultrasound guided radiofrequency ablation, sclerotherapy, and phlebectomy.

Dr. Schoenfeld is focused on introducing new therapies to San Diego, such as the recently FDA-approved VenaSeal procedure for treatment of varicose veins. During his training at Harvard he worked with the best doctors in venous medicine and is now devoted to bringing those state-of-the-art technologies and treatments to Southern California.

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Dr. Calvin Jung

VEIN SPECIALIST | DOUBLE CERTIFIED
Dr. Calvin Jung is a double Board Certified Venous Specialist, serving as director and clinical trainer for
the Vein Treatment Centers in Houston, Texas. Dr. Jung specializes in minimally invasive techniques for spider veins and varicose vein removal, completely avoiding the need for surgical procedures or any unnecessary downtime. Dr. Jung's focus is on restoring patients back to health so that they can enjoy the activities they love most.

Vein treatments at our Texas spider vein clinic are often covered by major medical insurances, including Medicare. Call us today to verify yours!

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Namrata
Khimani MD

Triple Certified
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Namrata Khimani is a nationally recognized leader in the field of venous medicine. She is an expert in Spider Vein and Varicose Vein Treatment based in New York City. If you have varicose veins or lower extremity pain, come see Dr. Khimani at our Vein Treatment Center New York.
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Michael
Nguyen MD

Triple Certified
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Michael Nguyen is a world renowned and Harvard trained vein specialist, leading the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Center in New York. Dr. Nguyen has been a pioneer in the treatment of varicose veins problems, as well as the many signs of venous insufficiency, including: leg cramps, painful varicose veins, leg swelling, restless leg, and skin discoloration on legs.
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Caroline
Novak MD

Double Certified
Northwestern University
Dr. Caroline Novak is a double Certified spider vein specialist in Paramus & Clifton NJ. She is well known for performing the best treatment for spider veins and varicose vein removal in the New Jersey area.
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Simon
Smith MD

DIPLOMAT- CERTIFIED
DREXEL COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
Dr. Simon Smith is the best varicose vein doctor in Wayne, NJ. He is sought after because of his unparalleled skills in RF Ablation, sclerotherapy, and the treatment of skin discoloration on legs.
Read more >>

Faisal
Siddiqi MD

DOUBLE CERTIFIED
YALE MEDICAL SCHOOL
Dr. Faisal Siddiqi is the medical director for the Spider & Varicose Vein Treatment Center in New Jersey. Because of his level of expertise in the treatment of spider veins and varicose veins, Dr. Siddiqi is part of the select group of NJ Top Doctors, and he sees patients regularly at the Vein Treatment Center in Wayne and Clifton NJ.
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Juan
Montoya MD

NYC VEIN SPECIALIST
YALE MEDICAL SCHOOL
Dr. Montoya is a Vein Specialist and Vascular doctor in Manhattan. He is considered one of the best spider vein doctors in Manhattan, having successfully restored thousands of patients back to health, by implementing cutting edge treatments such as radiofrequency ablation, VenaSeal, and sclerotherapy for spider veins.
Read more >>

Carly
Guthrie MD

Double Certified
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Guthrie is the co-director of the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Clinic in San Diego. She is recognized as one of the best varicose vein doctors in SD, and has developed a career specializing in minimally invasive varicose vein treatment options.
Read more >>

Billy
Schoenfeld MD

Double Certified
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Schoenfeld is a specialist in the treatment of venous insufficiency and varicose veins, including ultrasound guided radiofrequency ablation, sclerotherapy, and phlebectomy for spider vein removal. He also has advanced training in ultrasound and venous access, having treated thousands of patients at the Vein Treatment Center in San Diego, CA.
Read more >>

Calvin
Jung MD

DOUBE CERTIFIED
NYU MEDICAL SCHOOL
Dr Calvin Jung is the director and clinical trainer for the Vein Clinics of Houston, Texas. Dr. Jung specializes in minimally invasive treatments for spider vein and varicose vein removal. Most vein treatments are covered by major medical insurances, including Medicare.
Read more >>
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