Spider Veins

Spider veins are tiny red and purple veins just below the surface of the skin.

They are genetic or sun-related on the face, and usually hormone-related on women's legs.

What Are Spider Veins?

The medical term for spider veins is telangiectasias.

They are small dilated veins very close to the skin surface.

What Causes Spider Veins?

In women, they are usually related to hormones (your own hormones or oral contraceptives), but can be a sign of underlying varicose veins. In men, they are almost always related to underlying varicose veins.  

Who Gets Spider Veins?

Spider veins of the legs are a more common problem for women because of hormones, oral contraceptives, and pregnancy-related hormonal changes. 

Spider veins of the face are usually rosacea, a genetic condition. A less common cause of facial spider veins is sun exposure.

Treating Spider Veins*

Sclerotherapy

This tried and tested procedure has been popular since the 1940s. It involves the injection of various fluids directly into problem veins. This produces injury to the vein with resultant closure.* 

It is most commonly used on veins in the legs. 

Read more here.

Laser and Intense Pulsed Light

Light-based treatments are the solution for facial spider veins, including rosacea. One to three sessions are needed to clear up most of the tiny veins.* 

Laser doesn't work well on legs. It costs more, hurts, more and is less effective. Leg spider veins respond much better to sclerotherapy.* 

Our knowledgeable and experienced staff can help you with your spider veins. Contact us today by calling 905.853.3200 

*Results may vary.

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