Spider Veins are small red, blue or purple veins that commonly appear on the surface of the thighs, calves, and ankles. Symptoms of spider veins may include aching, burning, heaviness, itching and night cramps. Spider veins may be isolated or associated with “feeder” veins and/or larger varicose veins.
Spider veins are commonly treated with sclerotherapy. A sclerosing agent is injected into the vein, causing blood to re-route to healthier veins. The dosage of the sclerosing agent is adjusted based on the size of the vein but each treatment takes approximately 20-30 minutes and is done in a series of monthly intervals. Most patients find that the treatment involved little to no pain and can be cosmetic or medically indicated and therapeutic.