Spider Vein Symptoms and Causes

Spider vein causes and treatments

Spider veins is a term used to describe veins which are visible just beneath the surface of the skin on the legs, struggling to perform.

Incidence: Very Common
○ More than 3 million US cases per year
○ Lab tests or imaging not required
○ Chronic: can last for years or be lifelong

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 occasionally the term is used to describe the little wiry veins on the face. They can be embarrassing for those who have them. Varicose veins are only seen on the legs although something similar can sometimes be seen on the lips where they are called venous lakes.

Cause of birthmarks: Skin ulcers: A type of vein issue that forms when the vein doesn’t drain, depriving your skin of oxygen (These can be difficult to treat.). Bleeding: Occurs when 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.)

What do spider veins look like?

Spider veins are advised to be diagnosed by a certified dermatologist: In most cases, spider veins aren’t dangerous and are asymptomatic. They are almost always inherited so if you have spider veins, check your parents. Varicose veins however sometimes accompany other health conditions which should be properly assessed.

Spider vein treatment in Seattle
Spider vein removal

Treating Spider Veins:

Self-care spider vein treatment: We currently do not recommend any self-care treatments for Spider Veins.

Our Clinical Spider Vein Treatment:

Sclerotherapy is a procedure where we inject a solution into the veins which causes them to shrink and disappear. Alternatively, laser treatment can be used for spider veins. The laser passes through the skin and 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. Both laser treatment and sclerotherapy may require more than one treatment to achieve the desired results. [ Learn More }


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.