The Causes and Treatments of Spider Veins

As we age, spider veins frequently begin to develop under our skin. They occur most often on the ankles, calves, and thighs. If you have developed these unsightly veins, you’ll be happy to know there are treatment methods available that can lessen their appearance.

Causes of spider veins

The most common cause of spider veins ins the natural aging process. There are other factors that can encourage their development as well. They include standing for prolonged periods of time, obesity, heredity, blood clotting problems and various forms of birth control pills.


One of the most common treatments for spider veins is sclerotherapy. This is a non-invasive procedure that doesn’t require anesthesia and is typically performed on an outpatient basis. Sclerotherapy is generally effective with at least two treatments.

During the treatment, a special solution will be injected into the targeted veins, causing them to harden and die. Once this happens, the veins will shrink and dissolve. Most treatments can be completed within about 30 minutes.

Endovenus Laser Treatment

Another common treatment for spider veins is endovenus laser treatments, or EVLT. This procedure targets the veins with a laser. It is often used for veins that are too tiny to tackle with needles. EVLT also destroys the veins, much like sclerotherpy.

Some cases may involve both kinds of treatment methods. While each procedure is highly effective and safe, it’s best to talk with your doctor to determine which option is right for you. We’re here to help. Call us at (310) 775-2465 anytime!