Spider Veins Specialist

Vascular Associates of San Diego

Vein Specialists & Vascular Specialists located in San Diego County, La Mesa, CA

More than 40% of women suffer from spider veins today. In many cases, spider veins are a symptom of vascular problems — and that means they require treatment. The experts at Vascular Associates of San Diego, located in La Mesa, California, and serving all of San Diego County, offer spider vein treatments like sclerotherapy in their state-of-the-art facility. Treatment can take as little as 30 minutes, and it’s virtually painless with no downtime. Learn more about spider vein solutions by calling the office or arranging your consultation through online scheduling now.

Spider Veins Q & A

What are spider veins?

Spider veins are tiny veins that look like lines, webs, or threads. They're just beneath the skin’s surface. Although spider veins don't protrude from your skin, they can be very prominent and therefore quite distressing. 

Spider veins are usually red, blue, or purple. They commonly appear in the legs, especially in the calves, behind the knees, and around the ankles. 

What causes spider veins?

Spider veins usually develop because of vein valve malfunction. Unhealthy valves can fail to keep blood moving in the right direction, leading to blood pooling and vein dilation. This creates spider veins or larger, more twisted veins called varicose veins. 

Certain factors can increase your risk of spider veins, including:

  • Extra weight
  • Long periods of standing or sitting
  • Family history of vascular disease
  • Hormone fluctuations
  • Sun exposure
  • Trauma to the legs

Regardless of how they developed, your spider veins indicate a potentially serious vascular issue. Left untreated, spider veins can lead to varicose veins and vascular disease complications such as tired legs, leg swelling, and leg itching. 

How are spider veins treated?

Spider vein treatment depends on how many spider veins you have, your symptoms, and the other factors specific to your situation. The most common treatment choice for spider veins is sclerotherapy, in which your doctor injects a specialized foam using a very thin needle.

The foam works to irritate and force the collapse of the inner vein lining, while also forcing blood into other veins in the area. Sclerotherapy is a nonsurgical, no-anesthesia treatment that’s virtually painless. It takes only about 30 minutes in the office.

Other spider vein treatments may also be available based on your needs. 

What happens after spider vein treatment?

With most vein treatments at Vascular Associates of San Diego, you wear a compression dressing home after the appointment. Then, you wear the dressings until the next day. 

The vascular specialists encourage you to walk for 15 minutes immediately after your procedure. Then, keeping up with daily 15-minute walks is a good way to get the best results. It may take a few weeks to see full results after your spider vein treatment. 

If you have spider veins that make you feel uncomfortable or embarrassed, Vascular Associates of San Diego is here for you. Schedule your appointment by calling the office or using the online booking tool now.