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Spider Veins

What Are Spider Veins?

Spider veins, also known as Telangiectasias, are typically cosmetic and do not cause any discomfort. Spider veins appear as thin, thread-like lines that can appear blue, red, or purple. Spider veins are caused when blood vessels widen and form clusters under the skin which creates the “spider web” appearance. 

What do spider veins look like?

Spider veins appear as thin “lines” that vary in color and shape. The veins are typically no larger than 1.5mm in width.

What are the risk factors of Spider Veins

  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Genetics
  • Obesity
  • High Cholesterol
  • Kidney Disease
  • Anyone over 65 years old
  • Sedentary Lifestyle

How are spider veins Diagnosed?

Since spider veins are visible on your skin’s surface, they are easily diagnosed by a vein specialist during a physical exam. 

Treatment for spider veins

Sclerotherapy is the most common form of treatment for spider veins. Sclerotherapy involves the injection of a chemical that helps close affected veins. Sclerotherapy is safe and typically takes less than 30 minutes to complete a treatment.

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Treatment for Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) and amputation prevention is our #1 focus at The Texas Cardiac & Vascular Institute. Please reach out if you or a family member has signs or symptoms of PAD.