Conditions: Spider Veins

What are Spider Veins?

The veins are visible just beneath the surface of the skin, struggling to perform. They become blue, purple or red in hue. These veins are smaller in appearance compared to varicose veins. Varicose veins are often raised and large, swollen with blood. Spider veins are typically on the legs, ankles, and face. They can be embarrassing for those who have them. Varicose veins are usually only seen on the legs.

What will happen if Spider Veins go untreated?

Spider Veins

In most cases, spider veins aren’t dangerous. However, varicose veins sometimes accompany other health conditions which should be properly assessed.

A few of the most frequent accompanied conditions include:


Skin ulcers: Which form when the vein doesn’t drain, depriving your skin of oxygen (These can be difficult to treat.)

Bleeding: Because the skin over the veins has become thin and is easily injured.

Phlebitis: An inflammation of the vein caused by a blood clot.

Thrombosis: A medical condition in which blood clots form in the swollen vein (Deep vein thrombosis can be life-threatening if the clots travel to vital organs.)


How we can help your Spider Vein concerns:

In a treatment that lasts less than an hour, a laser targets veins that require attention. The focused beam of light is careful not to affect the nearby veins, skin, and tissue. The laser gently heats up the vein and destroys it. Over a period of four to six weeks, the vein is reabsorbed by the body and disappears.

Sclerotherapy injects a solution into the veins which causes them to shrink and disappear. Both laser treatment and sclerotherapy may require more than one treatment to achieve the desired results.



How we can help your Spider Vein issue:

Our specialists at Dermatology Associates of Seattle are ready to rid you of unsightly spider veins with individualized plans and innovative technology. Take the first step to severely reduce the appearance of your spider veins by setting up a consultation.


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