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What Causes Spider Veins?

Typically appearing on the body in clusters, usually on the thighs, ankles, or calves, Spider Veins may not cause any pain, but they are something that should not be ignored. 

Spider veins can be super annoying, but they are easily treated with a combination of sclerotherapy injections and topical laser treatment. Many med spas and dermatologists will only offer topical laser treatment.  However, this is not “best practice” treatment and will not provide good long-term results. It makes sense to discuss your spider vein treatment with a vein professional who can offer you a solution.

Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz in Kansas City is the area’s leading and most experienced vein center. Owned and operated by Dr. Craig Schwartz, a triple board-certified vein specialist, Premier Vein & Body offers the most thorough and advanced outpatient-based vein treatment solutions for both spider veins and varicose veins in the Kansas City metro area.

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What Is a Spider Vein?

Spider veins have a thread-like appearance and are typically a cluster of red, blue, or purple-colored veins (or a combination of them). The veins appear that way because they got damaged due to high pressure in the venous system.

Most people that experience spider veins develop them on their calves, thighs, or ankles, although they can sometimes develop on a person’s nose, face, or even chest.

Spider veins are typically 1mm in diameter. They’re usually painless, although some people may experience itching, burning, throbbing, or an aching sensation at the location of the veins.

What Causes a Spider Vein?

Spider veins develop when blood pools in veins at the surface of the skin. The exact cause isn’t clear, but they are often a symptom of damaged veins. Healthy veins function by pushing blood back to the heart, but when the valves weaken, the blood flows backwards and collects in the veins. Over time, this extra pressure can lead to the development of spider veins or varicose veins.   

Although close to 50% of women will develop spider veins at some point in their lives, some are more likely than others to develop them for a variety of factors, including:  

  • Hereditary or genetic factors (family history of spider veins)
  • Hormonal fluctuations (especially due to pregnancy)
  • Sitting or standing for long periods each day, such as at work
  • Previous trauma to legs.

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To learn more, schedule your consultation with Dr. Schwartz by filling out the form on this page or by calling his practice at (913) 451-8346. Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz serves patients throughout the Kansas City metro.

Spider Vein Treatments

Thankfully, spider vein treatment is possible, so if you are experiencing spider veins on any part of your body, you don’t need to like or live with them!

Premier Vein & Body offers three spider vein treatment options: sclerotherapy injections and topical laser treatment, and then VeinGogh treatment for the tiniest facial or nose veins. A combination of the first two types of treatments typically provides the quickest and most thorough solution to spider veins on the body/legs, while Vein Gogh is the most effective treatment on the market for eliminating the tiniest of spider veins on the face or nose (telectangasia).   

When you visit  Dr. Schwartz, he will determine which combination of and how many treatments are most suitable for your specific requirements.


Sclerotherapy is considered the “gold standard” for spider vein treatment. It’s a straightforward treatment that involves injecting an FDA-approved solution into the veins with a small needle.

The solution irritates the vein linings, causing them to collapse and seal shut. They then eventually get absorbed by the body around four to six weeks from the treatment. Most clients experience little to no discomfort with sclerotherapy.

Topical Laser Treatment

The second spider vein treatment offered by Premier Vein & Body is a topical laser treatment. It’s a safe method of eliminating spider veins that are too tiny for sclerotherapy injections. There is little to no discomfort with topical laser treatment, and clients can see the results of the treatment in real-time.

VeinGogh Vein Treatment

Last but not least, there is VeinGogh vein treatment. VeinGogh vein treatment is an effective option for facial veins that are too small for even topical laser treatment.

Dr. Schwartz uses tiny, super-fine needles that get heated before insertion into the veins. The idea behind this concept is the heat from those pre-heated needles is enough to force the spider vein walls to collapse. The needles used in VeinGogh vein treatment are all insulated, so they don’t cause any damage to the surrounding skin.

Benefits of Spider Vein Treatments

The spider vein treatments provided by Premier Vein & Body effectively target the veins in question and destroy them. When combined, those treatments offer the best outcome for each client.

All of our vein treatments are provided on an outpatient basis. They take just 15 to 40 minutes, with virtually no downtime (although clients should avoid strenuous activities for the following 24 to 48 hours).


*Individual Results May Vary


Read from real patients about their experiences with Dr. Schwartz and his team at Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz.

Take the Next Step

If you have further questions about spider vein treatments, call us at (913) 451-8346 or fill out our online contact form. We look forward to meeting you and showing you how Kansas City’s premier vein treatment center can improve your pesky spider veins.  Premier Vein & Body is located in Kansas City, MO and proudly also serves Overland Park, Johnson County, and the entire Kansas City metro area.

** This blog provides general information and discussion about medicine, health and related subjects. The words and other content provided in this blog, and in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. If the reader or any other person has a medical concern, he or she should consult with an appropriately licensed physician.

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