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
- Thermocoagulation (Veinwave), a non-surgical, quick treatment using an electrical device with an ultra-fine needle that is applied under the skin, along the vein, without piercing the blood vessel.
- Sclerotherapy: a non-surgical treatment in which a chemical solution is injected into the spider veins, forcing them to collapse.