Spider veins are groups of thin capillaries (small blood vessels) located close to the surface of your skin. Spider veins mostly show up on your legs and face; on your legs, they often surround varicose veins. Though not a serious medical problem, spider veins are a cosmetic concern for many people.

Spider Veins Overview

Usually seen in a web or tree branch pattern, spider veins, like varicose veins, can develop when the valves of your veins become weakened or damaged.

Spider veins can sometimes cause aching and itching, but are not considered a serious medical issue.

Spider Vein Treatment at BIDMC

Sclerotherapy is often used to treat spider veins. Sclerotherapy is a non-surgical treatment in which a chemical solution is injected into the spider veins, forcing them to collapse.

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The CVI’s vein care experts offer medical management and treatment for varicose veins and spider veins.

Vein Care Services