Spider Veins

Find treatment for one of the most common forms of vein disease with spider vein removal in Boca Raton.

Spider veins develop when capillaries just below the surface of the skin become inflamed and begin to pool blood. The result is a pocket of discolored lines that shows clearly through the skin, with a web-like appearance that has earned the vein disease its name.

Spider veins are often confused with varicose veins, but the two are separate medical conditions that require different forms of treatment.

What are Spider Veins?

Spider veins are the mildest form of venous insufficiency. This condition can affect blood circulation in any of the body’s extremities, but is most common in the legs. The condition is also known as venulectasias or telangiectasia and affects about 30 percent of the adult population, mostly women.

There are a number of factors that increase your risk of developing spider veins, including:

  • Family history of venous insufficiency
  • Pregnancy
  • Hormonal changes, such as menopause
  • Being over the age of 50
  • Obesity
  • Standing or sitting for extended periods of time
  • Increased sun exposure
  • Skin injuries

Unlike varicose veins, spider veins do not bulge above the surface of the skin. The discolored veins may appear faint or bold and are generally purple, blue or red in color.

Physical symptoms with spider veins are rare, but may include:

  • Mild pain
  • Heaviness
  • Tingling

If these symptoms develop they will occur in the area surrounding the discolored skin. The symptoms of spider veins often worsen after extended periods of standing or sitting.

Treatment for Spider Veins

While spider veins are a form of venous insufficiency and are often considered an embarrassing condition, they do not require medical treatment. However, many people with spider veins choose to have them removed.

Minimally and non-invasive treatment options are available for the treatment of spider veins in Boca Raton. As a first line of spider vein treatment Dr. Schoenhaus often recommends a number of lifestyle changes that will enhance vein health.

These lifestyle changes may include:

  • Wearing flat shoes
  • Losing weight
  • Exercising regularly
  • Wearing support hose or compression stockings

When these lifestyle changes are not enough, or the condition is severe, vein removal therapies can be used to treat spider veins. These treatment options include laser vein removal or sclerotherapy.