What are spider veins?

Spider veins, also called telangiectasias, are superficial veins that lie directly beneath the skin.  They are the result of hypertension in these veins and the deeper veins in the area affected.

What causes spider veins?

Spider veins can be the result of multiple medical syndromes, but they are usually acquired.  They can occur at any age, but peak between the ages of 30-60 yrs. They are more common in females.  Pregnancy can contribute to the development of spider veins. People who do a great deal of standing or sitting are also more prone to develop spider veins.

How can spider veins be treated?

There are several treatments available for spider veins.  The most common treatments are sclerotherapy and laser therapy.  Dr. Graham utilizes sclerotherapy, widely considered the gold standard for this condition.  He treats them by injecting a chemical called sodium tetradecyl, that irritates the vein wall and causes it to collapse, thus obliterating the spider vein.  On occasion, you may need to be transferred to a vascular surgeon if there is deeper vein incompetence noted.