I have spider veins on my legs. What options do I have to get rid of them? Many options are available to remove spider veins, the thin red lines or web-like networks of blood vessels that appear on your legs and feet. Spider veins are usually harmless, but they can cause aches and pains, especially when standing or sitting for long periods of time.
If you have symptoms or are worried about the appearance of spider veins, treatment options include:
Sclerotherapy. In this procedure, your doctor injects the veins with a solution that scars and closes those veins, causing the blood to flow through healthier veins. In a few weeks, treated veins fade. Although the same vein may need to be injected multiple times, sclerotherapy is usually effective if done correctly. Sclerotherapy doesn’t require anesthesia and can be done in your doctor’s office. Side effects include swelling, itching and skin color changes in the treated area.
Laser surgery. Laser surgery works by sending bursts of light into the vein that make it slowly fade and disappear. No incisions or needles are used. The treatment is usually less effective than sclerotherapy and can have side effects, including redness, bruising, itching and swelling in the treated area. Complications of laser surgery also include blistering of the skin. When the blisters heal, they can leave permanent scars. After treatment, blood vessels gradually fade over several months, but they may not disappear completely. New spider veins can develop in the same area that could warrant further treatments.