Frequently asked questions

Spider veins

What options are available to remove spider veins on the legs?

Options to remove spider veins include sclerotherapy and laser treatment.

Sclerotherapy:
In this procedure, we inject the veins with a solution that scars and closes those veins, causing the blood to reroute through healthier veins. In a few weeks, usually a majority of the 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 treatment:
Laser treatment 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.
After treatment, blood vessels fade over several months, but they may not disappear completely. Also, new spider veins can develop in the same area or elsewhere.