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Because spider veins may result from a number of factors, there is no guarantee of prevention using diet, exercise, or lifestyle modifications. However, there are steps you can take such as moving frequently, going for walks or becoming more active, wearing comfortable shoes, and maintaining a healthy weight can reduce the risk factors. Individuals who are prone to spider veins may want to consider wearing compression stockings to minimize their risk of new veins.

What Causes Spider Veins?

The most common modality for treating undesirable veins is laser vein removal. Patients are able to resume light activity following spider vein treatment. Walking is even encouraged due to its support of healthy blood flow. If slight discomfort occurs after treatment, compression stockings may be worn to place gentle pressure on the legs as veins gradually collapse and absorb into surrounding tissue.

Can Spider Veins Be Prevented?

Who Typically Gets Spider Veins

How Long Does Treatment Take?

Recovery Time After They Are Removed

Approximately half of the women in America struggle with the appearance of spider veins. However, this problem is not experienced by just women; up to 45% of all men develop vein diseases like spider veins or varicose veins. Spider veins are those localized clusters of purple, red, and blue veins that sit just beneath the skin. Medically known as telangiectasia, is the “branching,” jagged appearance of veins, similar to webbing, hence being called spider veins. Spider veins can be problematic because they often develop on highly visible areas, such as the face or the legs. Additionally, many people notice that they seem to spread exponentially over the years, eventually covering larger areas.

Unlike varicose veins, which largely affect women, spider veins may develop in both sexes. Still, women are more prone to this condition than men. Family history of vein diseases may also increase a person’s risk of developing visible veins on the face or legs.

The risk factors for spider vein development are similar to those associated with varicose veins. Hormonal changes from birth control, pregnancy, and menopause all correlate to the development of these clusters of veins. Lifestyle factors such as sitting and/or standing for long periods of time are also involved in overall risk.

Laser Vein removal

The reason that spider veins develop is because blood backs up in a localized area. This is why we often see this problem in the lower extremities. Weakness in the vascular valves enables blood to pool in certain vessels. When this accumulation of blood occurs in smaller, superficial veins, we see the discolored webbing of the veins on the surface.

Causes of spider veins include:

  • Prolonged sitting or standing on a regular basis, such as for work
  • Genetic makeup
  • Excess weight
  • Pregnancy and other conditions that affect hormonal balance
  • Sun exposure


No special diagnostic testing is typically necessary to identify spider veins. A physical examination and observation of the skin usually leads to an accurate diagnosis. However, diagnostic ultrasound may be recommended if a more extensive condition is suspected.

The duration of spider vein treatment depends on the extent of the problem to be treated. Patient tolerance for treatment is also taken into consideration. Many of our clients purchase 15 minute sessions. During this time, we are mindful of your comfort and do everything we can to make your experience a positive one.