Spider Veins Specialist

Vanguard Dermatology

Dermatologists located throughout New York, NY

Spider veins always seem to appear in places like your face, where they can make the worst possible impact on your appearance. The team at Vanguard Dermatology has extensive experience eliminating spider veins and restoring your appearance. When you’re ready to be rid of spider veins, book an appointment online or call one of their seven offices in New York City, Brooklyn, Forest Hills, and Staten Island, New York.

Spider Veins Q & A

What are Spider Veins?

Spider veins develop when the tiny blood vessels near your skin’s surface become enlarged and visible. Their reddish-blue branched appearance resembles spider webs, which is how they came to be called spider veins.

You can develop spider veins anywhere on your body, but they’re most commonly found on your face and legs. Although spider veins rarely cause physical discomfort, they may get itchy. For most patients, they’re a significant cosmetic concern because they’re in highly visible areas.

What Increases My Risk of Developing Spider Veins?

If you have a family history of spider veins, you may also have a tendency to develop the problem. Other top risk factors include:

  • Age: Your chances of spider veins increase with age. You’re more likely to develop spider veins after the age of 50.
  • Sunlight Exposure: Being out in warm temperatures can make your veins dilate just enough to cause spider veins.
  • Hormone Changes: Women have a higher risk of developing spider veins during pregnancy and at menopause.
  • Overweight: Being overweight may increase your risk of spider veins on your legs, as the extra pressure enlarges tiny veins.
  • Immobility: Sitting or standing for a long time affects leg circulation and increases your risk for spider veins.

What is the Treatment for Spider Veins?

The team at Vanguard Dermatology quickly and safely eliminate spider veins using one of two treatment methods:

  • Sclerotherapy: During sclerotherapy, your doctor at Vanguard Dermatology uses a small needle to inject a medicated solution into your spider veins. The solution makes the veins collapse and then over the next few weeks, your body gradually eliminates the waste.
  • Laser Vein Treatment: Your spider veins can be removed using laser energy to heat the vein and make it break down. Spider veins can be treated without harming the surrounding skin because the laser uses a wavelength that’s only absorbed by the reddish-blue pigments in the veins. As with sclerotherapy, your body then naturally removes the waste.

Is Spider Vein Treatment Permanent?

The spider veins that are treated are gone for good. However, it’s possible for new spider veins to appear, especially in your legs. You can lower your risk by:

  • Staying active
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Elevating your legs
  • Taking regular breaks from prolonged sitting or standing

If you’re ready to get rid of the spider veins that mar your appearance, call Vanguard Dermatology or book an appointment online.