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Spider veins appear as thin, red lines or as weblike networks of blood vessels on the surface of the skin.


  • Women and men with spider veins on the face.


  • Removal of some or all of the spider veins.


Sclerotherapy effectively treats varicose and spider veins. It's often considered the treatment of choice for small varicose veins.

Sclerotherapy involves injecting a solution directly into the vein. The sclerotherapy solution causes the vein to scar, forcing blood to reroute through healthier veins. The collapsed vein is reabsorbed into local tissue and eventually fades.

After sclerotherapy, treated veins tend to fade within a few weeks, although occasionally it may take a month or more to see the full results. In some instances, several sclerotherapy treatments may be needed.


The Procedure

No anesthesia is required. The provider traces the spider veins with the laser beam, which injures the internal lining of the tiny blood vessels. This injury causes the vessels to disappear. Usually, multiple treatments are necessary for complete clearing of spider veins.



The treated skin is red for 3-4 hours following the procedure. Some patients develop purple dots or blisters, which clear in two to three weeks.

The suitability of laser treatment of spider veins is determined during the office consultation. All procedures have risks. Minor complications occur occasionally. Major complications are quite unusual.

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