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Spider Vein Removal Booming

by Jane Meggitt

The spider vein removal market is booming, and is expected to continue its robust growth. While the red, purple or blue spider veins are harmless, they’re unsightly. You may hesitate to wear shorts or bathing because you’re self-conscious about these veins. If you want to get rid of those ugly spider veins, there are two major methods from which to choose. Because it is a cosmetic procedure, most insurance companies will not cover spider vein removal.

Spider Vein Causes

Spider veins tend to run in families, so if your mom or grandmother had them, you will likely end up with them as well. Other spider veins triggers include:

  • Smoking
  • Pregnancy
  • Obesity
  • Hormonal birth control

Once spider veins appear, they won’t disappear on their own.

Treatment Areas

Unlike varicose veins, which occur primarily in the legs, spider veins may appear on the legs, thighs, arms, face and other parts of the body.

Treatment Methods

The treatment methods used for varicose veins are also used to eradicate spider veins. Since spider veins are so much smaller, the “big guns” treatment used for varicose veins – such as vein stripping or ablation – are overkill for spider veins. The two primary treatment methods for spider veins are:

  • Sclerotherapy – In this procedure, a solution consisting of salt, glycerin and fatty acids is injected into the spider veins, causing them to collapse and eventually disappear.
  • Laser surgery – This non-invasive method works by sending light bursts into the spider veins. Within two months, and often sooner, the spider veins disappear. Temporary side effects may include itching, swelling and redness, but there is a risk of a permanent skin tone change in the treated area.

The number of treatments for each method may range from one to four. In some cases, spider veins may reappear in the same area over time. That’s especially true if spider veins are hereditary.


After treatment, the surgeon may recommend wearing support hose for up to six weeks. Walk as much as possible during the recovery period, as light exercise speeds healing. While patients can go back to work and resume most normal activities within a day or so of treatment, it is important to avoid heavy lifting or strenuous exercise until your doctor gives the OK. Soon, you can wear shorts and other leg-baring attire with confidence.

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about vein treatment, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!

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