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What Treatments are Available for Spider Veins?

Over half of all adult women and almost as many men have spider veins. These thin, discolored veins are usually just a cosmetic problem, but nonetheless, cause anguish to many who enjoy wearing shorts, dresses and swimsuits. Our in-office Spider vein treatments can remove these unsightly veins, so you have clear, even skin again. Dr. Craig Schwartz’s treatment protocol may include combining methods to give you complete clearance. All of our spider vein treatments require little to no downtime and can provide long-lasting results. 

What are Spider Veins?

Spider veins are stretched and discolored veins visible through the skin. They usually have a reddish, bluish, or purplish color and look like a web or tree branches. They appear most often on the legs but can also appear on the face. Facial spider veins, also called telangiectasias, can give your skin a mottled or blotchy appearance. While spider veins are generally a cosmetic concern, clusters of spider veins around the ankles can indicate a problem deep in the venous system, so it’s important to consult with a vein doctor instead of a dermatologist or med spa that offers spider vein treatments, but not diagnostic testing.

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What is the Difference Between Varicose Veins and Spider Veins?

Varicose veins are larger than spider veins and often have a more raised, rope-like appearance. While both often cause cosmetic concerns, varicose veins in the legs can cause symptoms and may require treatment for health reasons. Spider veins form from high pressure inside the capillaries, the smallest blood vessels in the body. This high pressure forces the thin vessel walls to stretch. 

What Treatments are Available for Spider Veins?

Dr. Schwartz will select the treatment or combination of treatments most suitable for your spider veins. The size of your spider veins often helps decide which treatment methods to use since some strategies will not work well on the tiniest of spider veins. 


Sclerotherapy uses an FDA-approved solution injected into problem veins. The solution irritates and scars the vein’s walls, causing them to collapse. The body will eliminate the treated veins over time.  Sclerotherapy is considered the gold standard of spider vein treatment but cannot be used on tiny spider veins. 

Laser Treatments

Topical laser treatment can target the pigments in spider veins to help eliminate them without penetrating or damaging the skin. The pigment molecules absorb the laser energy and break apart so the body can eliminate them. This treatment is a complementary treatment to sclerotherapy, allowing Dr. Schwartz to target the tiniest spider veins that sclerotherapy can not effectively treat. 


The VeinGogh treatment excels in areas where sclerotherapy cannot always be used, as many facial/nose veins are too tiny to be treated with sclerotherapy injections or standard laser treatments, which are, generally, both better suited to treat larger spider veins on the legs. The VeinGogh treatment provides a superior solution for even the tiniest spider veins on the nose, cheeks, and around the eyes. Dr. Schwartz inserts a fiber-thin needle under the skin next to the problem vein, where it emits pulses of energy that damage and collapse the vein wall. The highly targeted micropulse does not harm the surrounding skin and causes no discomfort.  

VeinGogh delivers outstanding results using proprietary Microburst Technology™, which creates effective, controllable heating of dermal vasculature, without significant discomfort or damage to the surrounding tissue.

What Causes Spider Veins?

Heredity plays a substantial role in spider veins and varicose veins. Other causes of spider veins include hormonal changes, obesity, changes in blood flow due to pregnancy, and long periods of sitting or standing. On some occasions, spider veins, especially in clusters around the ankles, suggest that you should see a vein specialist for a complete diagnostic screening.  

Consultations Available Now

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.

Am I a Good Candidate for Spider Vein Treatment?

If you have spider veins, Dr. Schwartz will provide you with a personalized treatment plan depending on the location/severity of your spider veins.  He can provide most patients with superior results. 

Is There Any Downtime With Spider Vein Treatment?

Most spider vein treatments have no downtime. We may recommend avoiding strenuous activity for 24 to 48 hours for some treatments. After laser treatment, you will need to avoid sun exposure as much as possible. Follow any other instructions you receive following your treatment and contact us with any concerns. 

How Many Spider Vein Treatments Will I Need?

Although Dr. Schwartz will develop an individualized treatment plan to achieve your desired results, combining treatment methods as needed, most patients require a series of 4-6 treatment sessions, spaced several weeks apart, for full clearance.  Most facial vein patients will require just one Vein Gogh treatment, or possibly two.


*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 treatment, call us at (913) 451-8346 or complete our online contact form. We look forward to meeting you and showing you how Kansas City’s premier vein center can help you!

Premier Vein & Body is located in Kansas City, MO and proudly 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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