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Spider Veins

Manhattan Dermatology

General, Surgical, & Cosmetic Dermatology & Mohs Surgery located in Midtown East, New York, NY

Spider veins may be small, but they’re still a very frustrating problem for many men and women today. The good news is that spider veins are easily treatable. Manhattan Dermatology offers spider vein treatment options like sclerotherapy and laser treatment at two convenient locations in New York City’s Murray Hill and Midtown East. Click now to book online, or call the office to schedule an appointment.

Spider Veins Q & A

What are spider veins?

Spider veins are the small, flat veins that look like tiny lines on the surface of your skin. Although they're not bumpy and lumpy like varicose veins are, spider veins can still mar your appearance. The face and legs are the most common places for spider veins to develop, although they may appear anywhere.

Spider veins don't always cause symptoms, but some patients may experience itching, burning, or a heavy feeling in the legs with spider veins. If you're unhappy with the appearance of your spider veins, or if your spider veins are causing you discomfort, you could be a great candidate for spider vein removal at Manhattan Dermatology.

Why do spider veins develop?

Spider veins are caused by blood that backs up in your veins, which most commonly occurs in your legs. Other possible causes of spider veins include sun exposure, hormonal changes, and injury.

If you stand for long periods, you may be more likely to develop spider veins. There's also a hereditary connection: If your mother, father, or other immediate relative has spider veins, you're more prone to them, too.

What is the treatment for spider veins?

At Manhattan Dermatology, the dermatologists use a combination approach to spider vein treatment: sclerotherapy and VBeam® treatments.

During sclerotherapy, your doctor injects a sclerosing solution into your spider veins using an extremely thin needle. This solution aggravates the insides of the veins, and your veins react by sealing themselves off. With no blood supply, your spider veins will eventually wither and die. Your body fully absorbs the vein material, and the skin surface will be clear.

In some cases, very tiny spider veins are hard to treat with sclerotherapy, and that's where the VBeam laser comes in. The VBeam laser sends short bursts of energy directly into the smaller spider veins, and this destroys them without damaging the surrounding tissue.

Your Manhattan Dermatology experts can use this nonablative pulsed dye laser along with sclerotherapy to target all sizes of spider veins at one time.

Wishing you had smooth and spider-free legs? Book your appointment online now or call to schedule your spider vein removal consultation.

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