What are Spider Veins?

Spider veins, medically known as telangiectasias, are thin, damaged, unsightly blood vessels that appear on the skin. They can vary in appearance but are typically purple to orange in color and usually lie flat on the skin while varicose veins have a more raised texture.

What are the Symptoms of Spider Veins?

Spider veins can have symptoms such as:

These symptoms can sometimes indicate deeper issues like chronic venous insufficiency. However, in cases where there are no accompanying symptoms, spider veins may primarily be a cosmetic concern, prompting patients to seek removal procedures due to their appearance.

How are Spider Veins Diagnosed?

While spider veins are usually diagnosed through visual examination, a physician may need to conduct a Venous Ultrasound Exam to check for underlying conditions contributing to their development.

How are Spider Veins Treated?

Fortunately, there are several treatment options available for spider veins. Depending on the findings from the venous ultrasound, treatment may target either the surface veins for cosmetic purposes or address deeper underlying causes.

For cosmetic treatment of spider veins, our Fox Valley Surgical Specialists office offers procedures such as Sclerotherapy and VeinGogh, which effectively eliminate these veins. If you are wondering if your spider veins can or should be treated, and what the most appropriate treatment plan would be, it’s best to come in for a comprehensive evaluation.

Your Experienced Vascular Team

Dr. Robert Ballard

Robert Ballard, MD

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Alexander Tretinyak, MD
Sarah Wilson, MD
Sarah Wilson, MD
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Jason Le, MD
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Ariel Stilp, APNP