Does Spider Vein Removal Actually Work?

There are several ways to remove spider veins, and some are more effective than others. Spider veins come in different sizes and stem from various causes, so choosing the right treatment is essential to success. Book an appointment with Harvard-trained vein doctors in New Jersey who can determine the optimal treatment. Our doctors use ultrasound guidance and state-of-the-art diagnostic tools to customize your treatment. With our vein specialists, spider vein removal is remarkably effective.

Does spider vein removal really work? Or should you just wear compression stockings? With the right doctor, you can treat spider veins permanently in a few minutes.

Are Treatments on the Surface of the Skin Powerful Enough?

Some vein specialists treat spider veins with surface laser treatments. These treatments send light through the surface of the skin to heat the vein and cause it to collapse. Eventually, the vein fades from sight. Surface lasers are powerful enough for facial spider veins, which often stem from sun damage, skin injury, aging, or medical conditions. But for spider veins in the legs, a different approach might be required.

Damaged leg veins often stem from valve failure in a deeper vein. When valves fail, blood pressure builds in the vein, generating new branches of spider veins or swollen varicose veins. Valve failure is more common in leg veins than facial veins since leg veins must pump blood against gravity from the feet to the heart. If a patient has valve failure, the doctor must treat that, as well as the spider vein at the surface, to prevent additional spider veins or varicose veins.

Some leg veins can be treated through the surface of the skin, but many require an endovenous treatment, where the doctor injects sclerosants, adhesives, or thermal energy into the vein. These treatments include sclerotherapy, radiofrequency ablation, vein adhesives, mechanochemical ablation, and endovenous laser ablation. These are all done without general anesthesia, and they take just 15-30 minutes to perform. Patients can go home, or even back to work, immediately after treatment. 

Do You Have to Treat Spider Veins More Than Once?

Most spider veins only require one treatment. But if you have several large spider veins, you might need more than one appointment to address all of the blood vessels. If you sought treatment at a dermatological or cosmetic vein center and the vein didn’t disappear, it’s likely they used an ineffective or insufficient treatment. Visit our award-winning vein doctors in New Jersey to treat spider veins permanently. Our vein specialists can observe treatment with ultrasound devices to make sure it closes the vein.

Can Problem Veins Return Once They’re Treated?

If the vein is treated correctly, it won’t return. Vein treatments like sclerotherapy and endovenous laser ablation close the vein off so blood can no longer enter it. The vein collapses and is harmlessly reabsorbed by the body, so it cannot come back. However, if the vein treatment specialist fails to treat the underlying issue, new spider veins can develop in the same area. Always choose a board certified vein doctor who will treat the cause, not just the problem vein.

Can You Wear Compression Stockings for Leg Veins Instead?

If you wear compression stockings, you might notice a reduction in symptoms like swelling, heaviness, itching, cramping, and restlessness in your legs. These are all symptoms of Chronic Venous Insufficiency, which causes most spider veins and varicose veins in the legs. However, compression stockings don’t treat spider veins. And you need a vein doctor to conduct a fitting, to make sure you apply proper compression. Too little will be ineffective, and too much could be dangerous.

Some patients with spider veins have related issues like venous stasis dermatitis and venous ulcerations, which might not feel good with compression stockings. And other patients with high blood pressure or blood clots might not be advised to wear them. Compression stockings are not a substitute for getting your veins treated. But they can help certain symptoms dissipate, for patients who are eligible to wear them.

Do You Need a Board Certified Doctor for Spider Vein Removal?

Some cosmetic centers offer surface vein treatments. But these don’t address the cause, nor do they treat large veins, deep veins, or vein disease. Surface treatments are rarely the best solution for leg veins. Choose a board certified vein doctor at an accredited vein center for spider vein removal that works.

These doctors can perform surface treatments, as well as minimally invasive treatments, to make sure you don’t have a recurrence of spider veins. Our certified diplomates specialize in the full range of non-invasive and minimally invasive endovenous treatments. Each of our physicians is Harvard-trained in the latest techniques and provides superior results.

Where Can You Get Varicose Veins and Spider Veins Removed?

Does spider vein removal really work? If you choose the right vein center, it’s highly effective. Select doctors with proven success rates and the right credentials. In New Jersey, the top vein doctors are Dr. Todd Kobrinski, Dr. Mitchell Karmel, and Dr. Andrew Cortes. You can visit these specialists at our vein centers in Clifton, Paramus, Woodbridge, Scotch Plains, or Woodland Park. We offer the same cutting-edge vein care at each location. So, choose the one closest to you and come see why we’re the top spider vein removal team in New Jersey!