Spider Veins (Telangiectasias)
Spider veins are small, highly colored red or blue veins easily seen on the surface of the skin. Spider veins are usually very small thread-like veins within the skin. Blue reticular (netlike) veins lie just below the skin layer. Many spider vein complexes can be seen to originate from an underlying reticular vein. Lasers have long been used to try to eliminate spider veins, but most experienced vein doctors find that lasers are ineffective, hurt way too much, and do nothing to prevent recurrences. At the Beverly Hills Vein Center, spider and reticular veins are treated almost exclusively with injections of a mild detergent solution (Sotradecol) which collapses the veins. An effective variation of treatment, foam sclerotherapy, is to create foam from the basic solution. This allows for a reduced concentration of solution and a more durable result, especially with somewhat larger blue (reticular) veins.