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Do unsightly leg veins have you relegated to pants and long skirts? If so, you aren’t alone; an estimated 84 percent of people will suffer from spider veins at some point in their lives. Spider veins are usually just a cosmetic nuisance, but for some people, they can become a painful problem. But don’t worry, there’s no need to live with spider veins. Quick and effective treatments are available to restore the appearance of your skin.

What Are Spider Veins?

Spider VeinsVeins carry blood back towards your heart to become reoxidized. Veins in the legs require contraction from the muscles to propel blood towards the heart to overcome gravity. When valves that prevent the backflow of blood become weak, the blood can leak back into the vein and collect there. The pooling of blood causes the veins to become enlarged and pronounced. Spider veins can appear as a blue, red, or purple web of thin veins. Other signs of spider veins include:

  • Aching pain
  • Throbbing or cramping
  • Swelling
  • Itchy, irritated skin
  • Restless legs
  • Darkening of the skin

What Causes Spider Veins?

Increased pressure in the veins causes the valves to become weak, allowing for the backflow of blood and the development of spider veins. Common reasons for increased pressure in the veins include:

  • Aging
  • Hormonal changes
  • Pregnancy
  • Obesity
  • Prolonged periods of standing
  • Decreased movement

Treating Spider Veins

Luckily, there are safe and effective treatments to correct the appearance of spider veins. Sclerotherapy is a common treatment that involves the injection of a solution into the unsightly vein. The vein becomes tacky, and the walls stick together, closing off the vein. Once the vein dies, your body absorbs it over a period of weeks. Once bruising and swelling begin to subside, your blemish-free skin will begin to emerge.


Laser treatments are also available and work in the same way that sclerotherapy does. The laser delivers energy to the vein, which heats the vein’s walls. The heat destroys the vein, and the body absorbs the vein to improve the appearance of the skin. Like sclerotherapy, results take a couple of weeks to become apparent.  


If you are looking to improve the appearance of your legs by erasing the appearance of spider veins, schedule your consultation with Dr. Roussalis today. Contact our office at 307-234-4585 or fill out our online contact form here for additional information.