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Do you have spider veins?

Ask any woman with spider veins on her legs, and she’ll probably tell you that they’re the most despicable aspect of her existence. And if you’re one of them, you’re not alone. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, about 55% of women in the US suffer from varicosities.

What are spider veins?

Spider veins are also known as Telangiectasias. These are thin red, blue or purple lines or web-like networks of blood vessels that appear on your legs and feet.

Spider veins develop at any age but are more prominent in older people. Aside from age, several factors cause the development of spider veins.

Some of the contributing factors are:

But, don’t worry! Technology and science won’t put you in despair with those annoying spider veins. There are effective, safe and relatively painless spider vein treatments available that’ll take care of that vein problem.

How much does a spider vein treatment cost?

According to the 2016 statistics of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of spider vein treatment is $326. This price is for the procedure alone. It doesn’t include other related expenses that may be used pre and post operation.

Spider vein treatment also varies in its prices. Some factors affect the cost of the treatment. It may be the method used and the number of sessions required. Other factors include the surgeon’s fee, geographic location of the facility, equipment used, and medications.

You should also know that most health insurances won’t cover a spider vein treatment or its complications. Check your insurance policy before deciding. However, many surgeons offer financing options for their clients. Try to ask your doctor about it.

Who can undergo a spider vein treatment?

You should meet the following requirements if you intend to go through a spider vein treatment:

  • Having discomfort and is concerned about the appearance of spider veins anywhere in the body
  • No underlying medical conditions
  • Cooperative and strictly follow instructions
  • Can communicate their feelings well and won’t object when surgery is talked about
  • Non-smokers
  • Optimistic and have a positive attitude about the procedure
  • Set realistic expectations about the treatment


How to choose a plastic surgeon?

Spider vein treatment may be a minor surgical procedure, but a well-experienced plastic surgeon is still the best option. Choose a plastic surgeon that’s board-certified and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Remember that it’s your comfort that’s far more important than the total expenses of the surgery. A highly skilled plastic surgeon can assure you of having a successful result of the spider vein treatment. You’ll be guaranteed of fewer risks and quality results.

What to do before a spider vein treatment?

You’re required to do the following before the surgery:

  • You need to undergo a medical and laboratory examination.
  • You may need to take certain medications.
  • If you’re on medications, it may need to be adjusted.
  • Avoid taking meds like aspirin, herbal supplements or anti-inflammatory drugs as they can cause bleeding.
  • You have to achieve a positive attitude and set realistic expectations.
  • Avoid smoking weeks before the surgery.

Initial Consultation

The success and safety of the spider vein treatment solely depend on your complete cooperation during the initial consultation until its full recovery.

Your chosen plastic surgeon will discuss with you everything about the procedure. He or she will talk to you about the anesthesia injection during the procedure, pre and post-operative care, risks, and complications. Moreover, the doctor or staff will be asking some questions about your health, expected goals, desires, and lifestyle. Make sure that you’re true with your answers.

The recovery, result, and follow-up will also be discussed with you. Then, you’ll be asked to sign a waiver confirming that you fully understood everything that’s discussed with you.

You may become anxious about the whole process, but it’s important that you understand all aspects of your chin augmentation. Make sure that you ask all questions and concerns you have in mind before fully deciding to undergo a spider vein treatment.

A spider vein treatment is an outpatient setting and doesn’t need anesthesia. It’s also usually performed in an accredited clinic or a hospital. But, the plastic surgeon will tell you where it’ll be conducted. Make sure you have someone to take you to the facility and stay with you for at least a night after the surgery.

How is a spider vein treatment done?

Plastic surgeons usually use two methods of spider vein treatment. Depending on the severity of your spider veins, you may undergo the following procedure:

A. Sclerotherapy – this is the commonly used method of spider vein treatment especially on the legs and feet.


During the spider vein treatment, bright lights and a magnification device are needed. These will be used to ensure that the injection procedure is accurate and precise. Then, the surgeon will inject a sclerosing solution into the spider veins. Once injected, the solution goes inside of the vein. The vein gets irritated by the solution, and soon it’ll collapse and disappear. If ever you’ve got more spider veins, expect longer sessions and more injections to remove those ugly looking veins.


When the session is finished, the treated areas will need to be dressed with compression stockings or elastic bandages. You may observe bruises at first. But the discoloration usually disappears after a few weeks or months. Recovery usually depends on the body response of the patient.

B. Laser Treatment

A painless method of treating spider veins is through the use of laser beams. The method uses intense laser beams which are directed towards the spider veins and destroying them.

Usually, one laser treatment isn’t enough to treat spider veins. You may need more treatment sessions for a complete removal of spider veins. And in some cases, laser therapy is combined with sclerotherapy for an effective spider vein treatment.


Recovery depends on the extent of the spider vein treatment.

A few days after treatment, bruises may appear on treated sites. There may be a tingling sensation in your legs. You may also experience leg cramps and discomfort. However, these are just temporary and won’t require medication.

Your surgeon will give specific instructions and advice on how to take care of your legs. He or she may also prescribe meds that’ll help heal and reduce the risk of infection. Moreover, the doctor may instruct you to wear compression stockings to help treat your legs.

Some patients recover faster while others don’t. If it’s only a minor treatment, patients can go back to their normal routines in no time.

During the recovery period, you have to follow these guidelines to obtain optimal results.

Within one week of recovery, you must:

  • Wear compression stockings for about three to six weeks after treatment
  • Sit or stand for more than an hour
  • Avoid lifting heavy things, running, and squatting

Within one month of recovery, you still have to follow the instructions mentioned earlier. However, you can already do light exercises. Complete healing is usually expected after two months. During this period, you may have to go back to your plastic surgeon for a follow-up. A decision about additional treatment will then be discussed at this time.


You’ll observe an improvement in your skin’s appearance after each spider vein treatment. If ever you’ve undergone a more extensive spider vein treatment, complete healing of bruises may take longer. But remember that they can reappear anytime in the future. If ever they recur, you may want to consider further treatment to take care of any new veins that may emerge.

Risks and Safety

Deciding to have a spider vein treatment is a personal preference. You’ll have to think carefully the benefits, risks, and complications that you might get if you’ve decided to go through the procedure. The risks and complications will be thoroughly discussed usually during your initial consultation. Make sure you address all your concerns with your plastic surgeon. Also, be honest with your answers when your doctor asks you. Moreover, you have to be optimistic about the procedure and set realistic expectations. This mindset is a great factor in achieving successful results.

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