Spider Veins

Vascular Surgery Associates, LLC

Vascular Surgery, Wound Care, and Podiatry located throughout Maryland and Newark, DE

By age 80, about 80% of women (and slightly fewer men) experience spider veins, varicose veins, or both. Vascular Surgery Associates, LLC, with offices in Bel Air, Baltimore, Towson, Westminster, Elkton, Frederick, Ellicott City, Hampstead, Abingdon, Columbia, Lutherville, Severna Park, MD, Wilmington, and Newark, DE, offers all-encompassing spider vein care, from diagnosis to painless treatment. Call the office nearest you or book your consultation online today.

Spider Veins Q & A

What are spider veins?

Spider veins, or telangiectasias, are tiny veins that look like threads under the skin. These veins frequently cluster together to form cobwebs. 

Spider veins are red, blue, or purple and appear most often in the legs. They don't push out from your skin like varicose veins do, but because of their bright color, they may cause embarrassment. 

Are spider veins dangerous?

Spider veins can be an early sign of vascular disease. If you have symptoms like leg pain along with spider veins, or if you have spider and varicose veins together, come into Vascular Surgery Associates, LLC, for an evaluation as soon as possible. 

Untreated vascular disease can potentially lead to a variety of major health issues such as limb loss, heart attack, and stroke. 

How do you treat spider veins?

Spider veins often respond to sclerotherapy, a nonsurgical treatment available in the Vascular Surgery Associates, LLC, offices. In sclerotherapy, the team of vein specialists injects a sclerosant solution into your spider veins. 

The sclerosant withers the spider vein, and it fades away over time. The team combines laser therapy and sclerotherapy to fade your spider veins as quickly as possible. 

If you have varicose veins, you may need another type of treatment, such as VenaSeal™ or endovenous radiofrequency ablation. 

How long until my spider veins go away after sclerotherapy?

Your spider veins usually vanish in a couple of weeks. It may take as long as a month, possibly more, to see the ultimate results of your sclerotherapy treatment.

Does insurance cover spider vein treatment?

It depends on the circumstances. Spider veins are usually a cosmetic issue, which means you'll pay out-of-pocket for treatment. If exams and testing show that your spider veins are part of vascular disease, your insurance provider may cover the cost.  

Can I prevent spider veins?

Maintaining excellent vascular health is the best way to prevent spider veins. This includes preventive measures like losing extra weight, exercising regularly, avoiding crossing your legs, and wearing compression stockings. 

Spider veins are a frustrating problem for many adults today. If you're ready to eliminate your spider veins and enjoy clear legs again, call Vascular Surgery Associates, LLC, or book an appointment online today.